Trump Issues Emergency Declarations As Irma Approaches

However, Jose's winds extend outward as far as 45 miles from the storm's center. That has one forecaster warning that the Leeward Islands are going to get destroyed. The website is a go-to site, but so is the main Twitter feed, along with the Atlantic Ops Twitter feed from the National Weather Service, which is also keeping up with the hurricane. And he joins me from Miami.

What makes Irma so strong is unusually warm waters for that part of the Atlantic. Irma is an extremely risky category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. These still long-term but critical nuances will gradually be resolved in the next few days.

Tropical Storm Jose became the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, but at the moment officials are hopeful it won't grow into a monster storm.

The massive storm comes as Texas and Louisiana still reel from Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas and claimed dozens of lives.

"This storm has the potential to devastate this state, and you have to take this seriously", he said.

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ED RAPPAPORT: Well, for one, this is as strong as we have ever seen in that area, so we don't - the conditions have come together in such a way as to produce this. The British and US Virgin Islands are certainly not in the clear.

Tuesday morning, First Alert Meteorologist Chris Zelman answered questions about the forecast for Irma at the time. It may go up a little.

The National Hurricane Centre issued a statement on Tuesday that the chances are very high that Irma will hit the Florida keys and peninsula. But there are also many other islands it could hit on its way to the United States. What are concerns? What should they be now?

The most unsafe winds, usually nearest to the eye, were forecast to pass near the northern Virgin Islands and near or just north of Puerto Rico. "In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we can not afford to not be prepared".

"We're emphatically telling people you must evacuate, you can not afford to stay on an island with a Category 5 hurricane coming at you", said Monroe County emergency operations center director Martin Senterfitt.

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