Brock Long from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA said in a press conference on Friday that the United States is going to be devastated by Hurricane Irma.
Florida May Be Without Power For Many Days Following Hurricane Irma
Brock was talking to reporters when he said that he believes the power in Florida could be out for many days, perhaps longer, and this was something that people in Florida had never experienced. Brock described it as a complex forecast and went on to say that anyone from North Carolina to Alabama should keep their eye on the storm very closely. He said that up to 100,000 people might need to seek shelter during the hurricane.
Not A Case Of If, But How Bad Florida Will Be Affected By Hurricane Irma
Brock said that it was not a question of whether or not Florida was going to be hit by the storm, but more of how bad Florida would be impacted and where Hurricane Irma is going to end up over the course of the next four or five days when it gets inland.
The arrival of Hurricane Irma in Florida is going to be a huge threat to power supplies thanks to the strong winds that come with it which may bring down the power lines. Florida Power & Light said that they would be closing two of their nuclear power plants just as a precaution.
Hurricane Irma reached land in the Caribbean Wednesday and left behind it a trail of devastation in Saint Martin and Barbuda and then made its way to the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, then it headed towards Cuba and Florida.
Hurricane Irma Is Strongest Storm In Atlantic Basin
At the moment the death toll from Hurricane Irma is said to be 18 up to now and it has been the strongest storm to ever have been recorded in the Atlantic basin.
One of the plants that are going to close down in preparation for Hurricane Irma hitting Florida is St. Lucie on Hutchinson Island, which is around 55 miles to the north of West Palm Beach. It is home to two reactors that are able to generate around 2,000 megawatts of electricity, which is sent out to power around 1 million homes in the region.
The Turkey Point power station is on Biscayne Bay, 24 miles from Miami and it has two reactors that are capable of generating 1,600 megawatts electricity, which is enough to give power to 900,000 homes. Scott said that the process takes around thirty hours and it will begin when the category one winds start, with evacuation routes being opened, so people are able to get out and get back in. However, he said they would be closed and not re-open until the storm has passed.