Rick Scott

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Cat 4, Florida now in forecast track

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Cat 4, Florida now in forecast track

Florida is under a state of emergency as powerful Hurricane Irma's path became clearer Monday and chances of a tangle with the major tropical cyclone increased.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties, an announcement made minutes after the National Hurricane Center increased Irma to a Category 4 storm with 130-mph winds that are expected to increase to 150 mph during its trek west.

South Florida could begin feeling the first impacts from Irma late this week, and National Hurricane Center forecasters urged that preparations be completed by Friday.

While a shift in the forecast track away from Florida remains a possibility that would spare the...

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