As Hurricane Irma moves towards central Florida on Monday, police across the Peninsula State are maximizing their efforts to keep residents as safe as possible .
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department shared a heartwarming photo of an officer sleeping together with his police dog. The photo, captioned with the hashtag ‘#WeAreInThisTogether’ shows the policeman and the K9 taking a nap together after working nonstop to help with evacuations.
Departments across Florida are sharing photos showcasing their dedication on battling Hurricane Irma which has been carving a path of destruction through the southeastern state. The high winds and storm surges which have ripped roofs off houses and flooded streets have left millions without power.
The photograph shared by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department showing an officer and his K9 with the ‘#WeAreInThisTogether’ hashtag has gone viral
A picture posted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shows a police cruiser trunk filled with bedding and supplies; officers sayd they didn’t know when they’d return home
Trees bend in the tropical storm wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office shared an image of the trunk of a police cruiser filled with bedding and other supplies.
“When you leave for work and you don’t have any idea when you will be back home. You are prepared that your police car is now your bed,” a statement from the Sheriff’s office says.
“You have enough food and clothes to be self-sustained for 72 hours. JSO is ready for Hurricane Irma. We are here for you!”
The Sarasota Police Department shared an image of officers rescuing a stranded woman, while the Hernando County Sheriff’s office posted a photo showing deputies helping out at shelters.
Irma, which was ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, came ashore to Florida yesterday (Sunday, 10th of September) and wreaked havoc up and down the state.
By 2 am local time today, the hurricane weakened to Category 1, carrying maximum sustained winds of about 85 miles per hour (135 km per hour).
A Sarasota Police Department meeting in preparation for its Hurricane Irma response
Healthcare professionals requested by the National Disaster Medical System and the US Department of Health and Human Services aboard a C-17 Globemaster III
A street in the vicinity of the ocean flooded after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Florida, on Sunday
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was churning northwest in the center of the state near the Tampa and Orlando metro areas on Monday morning.
At least 28 people have been killed by Irma as it raged westward through the Caribbean en route to Florida, devastating several small islands, and grazing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, before it hit parts of Cuba’s north coast with 36-foot-tall (11-m) waves.
Irma was ranked a Category 5, the rare top end of the scale of hurricane intensity, for days and its ferocity as it bore down on hurricane-prone Florida prompted one of the largest evacuations in US history. Some 6.5million people, about a third of the state’s population, have been ordered to evacuate southern Florida. Residents fled to shelters, hotels or relatives in safer areas.
Irma claimed its first US fatality on Sunday when a man was found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree during high winds in the town of Marathon, in the Florida Keys.
In Hernando County, officers from the Sheriff’s office volunteered at evacuation shelters across the region
Hernando County Sheriff’s officers washed dishes at evacuation facilities and served residents food and coffee
High winds broke down power lines and left about 4.5 million Florida homes and businesses without power in the state whose economy contributes with roughly 5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
Irma was forecast to continue churning northward along Florida’s Gulf Coast during Monday morning, further weakening along the way before diminishing to tropical-storm status over far northern Florida or southern Georgia later in the day.
The hurricane could dump as much as 25 inches (63.5 cm) of rain in parts of Florida and as much as 16 inches in parts of Georgia, prompting flash flood and mudslide warnings, the National Hurricane Center warns.
Local TV news video of damage in Naples, a city on the Gulf coast about 125 miles (200 km) to the northwest of Miami, showed buildings ripped apart by hurricane winds and streets flooded by rain and storm surges.
The storm’s westward tilt to Florida’s Gulf Coast spared the densely populated Miami area the brunt of its wrath, although the wide reach of the hurricane meant the state’s biggest city was still affected greatly.