As Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) warned may happen, increased wind and storm activity have rendered rescuers helpless in the city of Miami Beach. According to reports, the city said its rescue teams are no longer able to respond to calls, citing high winds from Hurricane Irma.
In a tweet the City posted Sunday morning, they advised residents to stay inside.
The tweet read: “Due to extreme sustained winds rescue teams are no longer able to respond. Stay inside and Stay safe until the storm has passed. #Irma.”
The northern eye wall of the category 4 storm hit the Lower Keys early Sunday morning, and is expected to travel up the state’s west coast, bringing winds of 130 mph.
According to multiple reports, 800,000 people in Florida did not have power on Sunday, and millions had been ordered to evacuate in preparation for Irma.
Gov. Scott had issued multiple warnings to residents over the past few days, Saturday saying the storm was going to be a “killer.” Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” he said: “People are going to shelters, but I just want to make sure everybody understands this is an unbelievable, massive, destructive storm, and it’s a killer.”
He also told residents that were in evacuation zones to listen to warnings and follow instructions.
“Just remember this,” Scott said. “Once the storm starts, law enforcement cannot save you.”
Due to extreme sustained winds rescue teams are no longer able to respond. Stay inside and Stay safe until the storm has passed. #Irma
— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) September 10, 2017
If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).
To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
Man in South Florida is swamped by ocean surge (video)