Weather chief: Irma impossible to hype

2017-09-06 18:42
Two men put hurricane shutters on a business in Miami as they prepare for Hurricane Irma. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images via AFP)

Two men put hurricane shutters on a business in Miami as they prepare for Hurricane Irma. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images via AFP)

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St John's - National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini says Hurricane Irma is so record-breaking strong it's impossible to hype.

Uccellini told The Associated Press on Wednesday he's concerned about Florida up the east coast to North Carolina, starting with the Florida Keys.

He warned that "all the hazards associated with this storm" were going to be dangerous.

Hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel of MIT calculates that Irma holds about 7 trillion watts - about twice the energy of all bombs used in World War II.

President Donald Trump earlier said Irma looks like "something that could be not good".

Trump has declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

His homeland security adviser said the government could handle Hurricane Irma relief because the life-saving phase for Hurricane Harvey is over and has entered a longer term phase focused on individuals.

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