Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma's Destructive Path

Taylor Moore, Staff Writer

Oak Ridge students expect a potential and devastating impact from Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 hurricane approaching Florida’s southern tip.

The storm is moving north toward the Florida Keys and is expected to make landfall in the Keys before making a second landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast near Naples. Due to the size of the hurricane, it will also move through Central Florida, including Orlando, and will impact Oak Ridge students and others in the area.

In previous days, the hurricane caused serious damage in Puerto Rico and Haiti, two states that are important to many Oak Ridge students because they have family living in those countries.

This hurricane is expected to reach Orlando Monday at 8 a.m. This storm is coming at us with 180-mph winds but, when it reaches Florida, it is supposed to be a Category 1 storm, which is not as damaging but it still dangerous.

Forecasters have said that this will be an active hurricane season, but they have not said why this particular storm became so powerful.

Homeowners are boarding up their homes to make sure they have a safe place to ride out the storm.