Hurricane Irma, which has battered the Caribbean causing at least 20 deaths and billions of pounds worth of damage, has its sight firmly on Florida.
With landfall expected at daybreak, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, officials have now introduced a mandatory curfew for civilians.
The curfew has been introduced in the Miami Beach area throughout the next few nights.
Civilians are barred from the area between 8pm and 7am local time – a move which the city’s mayor said would be strongly enforced.
Philip Levine wrote to residents: “While the eye of the hurricane is projected to move toward the Florida Keys and Florida’s west coast, we are not in the clear.
“Miami Beach is projected to be on the ‘sloppy side’ of Hurricane Irma. This brings heavy winds and rains.
“A Tornado Watch has been issued for Miami-Dade County. Heavy rains have already begun.
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“We are anticipating 4-6 feet of storm surge flooding and tropical-force winds beginning late this afternoon and into the days to come.
“Please be safe and responsible. The curfew is mandatory and will be strictly enforced by Miami Beach Police Department.”
The latest NHC update confirmed Hurricane Irma is now less than 150 miles from Florida.
The update said: “On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near or over the north coast of Cuba this afternoon, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning.
“The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.”
The NHC has updated its threats regarding wind, rain, storm surges, tornadoes and surf.
They said: ““WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected to continue within the hurricane warning area along the north coast of Cuba through today. Hurricane conditions are expected in portions of the northwestern Bahamas today, and in portions of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys tonight and Sunday.
“RAINFALL: Irma is expected to produce the following rain accumulations through Wednesday:
“TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible today and tonight over southern Florida.
“SURF: Swells generated by Irma are affecting the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast coast of the United States today.
“These swells are likely to cause life threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from…