Irma Takes on the Entire State of Florida — and Wins

The Background 

After much discussion, anticipation and news coverage, Hurricane Irma finally hit the state of Florida yesterday, barrelling through the Keys before it hit Marco Island and the mainland. The storm brought intense rain, strong winds, and storm surges that hadn’t been seen in the state in years. Water levels rose rapidly, causing the state to issue flash flood warnings for areas all along the Gulf Coast. Thankfully, the storm began to slow as it made its way north, dropping down to Category 2 hurricane around 5pm. CNN 

What Else You Need to Know

By the time Irma made it to the U.S., more than 6.5 million Floridians were under a mandatory evacuation. Obviously not all of them listened (like this guy). The sheriff in Pasco County even had to warn Floridians not to shoot the storm (“DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects”), after a page on social media advocated taking up arms against Mother Nature’s wrath. (Oh, Americans and their guns.)

What’s Next?

Now that the storm has dissipated, search and rescue teams and city officials will begin the clean-up process…though with two months left in hurricane season, it seems like the situation is far from over.