Hurricane Irma made land fall Sunday September 10 with 135 mph winds killing several people, flooding parts of downtown Miami, and leaving more than a million people without power.
Rick Scott, the governor of the State of Florida in the wake of the storm said “People ask what they can do for us. Pray for us. We need volunteers, nurses. I hope everybody will pray for us. We can pray, that’s the biggest thing we can do.”
The governor spoke in an interview on NBC that he revealed his conversation with President Donald Trump, and “everything I’ve asked out of the federal government, he’s made sure he gave us.”
Gov. Scott added that once the storm passes, “we’re going to need a lot of help.” But he also described Florida as “a tough state. We’re going to come through this.”
The storm which devastated the Caribbean leaving at least 25 people dead ravaged the Florida Keys about breakfast time with sustained winds of 130 mph according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is expected to bring up to 25 inches of rain in some parts of the Keys.
More than a quarter of Florida’s population have been ordered to evacuate as they would be on their own if they stayed, authorities warned. Of those who stayed 100,000 were in shelters, but some chose to remain in their own homes.
Officials from the State of Georgia have also declared a state of emergency in all of its 159 counties after forecasted storm path threatened to unleash deadly wind gusts, heavy rain and flooding as early as Sunday.
In the days prior, the world witnessed the destruction left behind my Irma in various countries and territories of the caribbean. Locals were left astonished as the storm transformed dream paradise destinations and coast lines to unrecognizable waste lines.
The storm arrives in the wake of another devastating Hurricane Harvey, which created major damages, flooding and deaths in Houston and neighboring Texas coastlines. Hundreds of thousands of homes and properties had been flooded when sea levels rose rapidly within hours of the storm making landfall.