Hurricane Irma strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm on Monday forcing Florida to be declared a state of emergency.
Florida Governor Rick Scott declared the state of emergency for all 67 counties in the state on Monday after some forecasts showed the powerful storm could be headed for the East Coast.
Meteorologists had earlier predicted the storm posed a ‘serious threat’ to the US.
‘Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians,’ Scott said.