Hurricane warnings add urgency to Florida evacuations


MIAMI (AP) Hurricane warnings were issued for South Florida on Friday, Sept. 8, as thousands of people evacuate.

More than a half-million people were ordered to leave the region ahead of Category 5 Hurricane Irma.

National Hurricane Center officials issued hurricane warnings for the Keys and an area of the peninsula including metro Miami and Lake Okeechobee. Storm surge warnings covered both coasts along the state’s tip.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered all public schools, colleges, and universities to close Friday through Monday.

The governor told residents not to become complacent because the storm could have “major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast.”