The devastating Hurricane Irma pummeled the Caribbean this week, destroying about 90 percent of Barbuda’s structures, leaving more than a million Puerto Ricans without electricity, and killing at least nine. As the storm barrels toward the mainland United States, Floridians are preparing for the worst. The category 5 hurricane, which should downgrade to a category 4, is expected to hit South Florida by Saturday.
As the day nears, Miami-Dade County has opened more shelters and ordered the evacuation of a larger percentage of Miami residents. As people looking for gas, water, food, and other supplies, some have turned to social media to document what they’re going through. It’s a mix of fear, humor, and ingenuity. Check out how Miami Twitter is coping ahead of Hurricane Irma:
Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic. Here’s a list of areas under evacuation orders, and here’s a list of shelters that will open their doors. The National Weather Service suggest that those in the storm’s path arrive at the place they intend to ride out the storm by Friday night.