The United States is still dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and certain parts of Louisiana. The death toll has risen to over 60 and additionally, hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses, and cars have been destroyed by the flooding and strong winds.
Only weeks after Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast, officials revealed that Category 5 Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida on Friday, September 8th. Irma has been described as the “strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea & Gulf of Mexico in NHC records.”
America’s worst fear is that we will soon be dealing with a second highly destructive natural disaster within a very short amount of time. On Labor Day, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in response to the hurricane. On Tuesday September 5th, Scott announced the state’s next actions.
In a statement released by NBC News, Scott said, “Today I am activating 100 members of the Florida Air and Army National Guard to immediately begin assisting with ongoing Hurricane Irma preparation. Per my direction, they will be stationed throughout the state.”
He continued, “I have also directed all 7,000 guard members to report for duty this Friday, however, if resources are needed before then, I stand ready to activate as many guard members needed to support our aggressive preparedness actions. With Hurricane Irma now a category 5 storm, we must do all we can to prepare our families and communities for any potential impact from this major weather event.”
Please continue to keep Florida in your prayers. In other breaking news, Jeff Sessions announced the fate of the DACA program.