As Hurricane Irma continued her path of terror in the northeast Caribbean Sea, Louisiana remained outside of the 5-day cone of uncertainty from the National Hurricane Center Wednesday, but Florida remained at high risk for a direct impact from the storm.
Florida is making fuel availability a top priority as Hurricane Irma churns toward the state. Speaking at a news conference in Naples, Florida today, Governor Rick Scott said he's asked the governors of Alabama and Georgia to rescind trucking restrictions so fuel can be moved to Florida as quickly as possible.
Scott warned of long lines and possible outages, but said the state was doing everything possible to get fuel. He said tolls on state roads have been waived to accommodate evacuations.
Voluntary evacuations are in effect in Collier County, where Naples is, and in the Miami area. Mandatory evacuations of tourists and residents are happening in Monroe County, home of the Florida Keys.
Scott estimated about 25,000 people have already evacuated the Keys, where he said the Category 5 hurricane is on track to hit Sunday.
He reminded Floridians to not focus on the path of the devastating storm and to prepare properly.
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