The National Weather Service is not mincing words when it comes to the threat posed by Hurricane Irma.
On Friday evening, the service’s Key West account posted the following all-caps warning to residents of the Florida Keys: “This is as real as it gets. Nowhere in the Florida Keys will be safe. You still have time to evacuate.”
***THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS***
***NOWHERE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS WILL BE SAFE***
***YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO EVACUATE***
— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) September 8, 2017
“Catastrophic, life-threatening wind and storm surge impacts expected in the Florida Keys Saturday night and Sunday,” the service wrote in an accompanying graphic.
The hurricane has already claimed 22 lives in the Caribbean. It was expected to regain Category 5 status as it approaches Key West.