As we continue to Reach Out & Serve people in Texas and Florida, IMPACT WITH HOPE is responding to families affected by Hurricane Maria.

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One of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storms in recorded history, Irma made its first landfall September 6, lashing the eastern Leeward Islands. Its 185-mph winds decimated Antigua and obliterated 60 to 90 percent of the buildings on the island of Barbuda. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Barbuda, said the island is “literally rubble.”

After ripping up St. Maarten, heavy rains and a powerful storm surge lashed the Turks and Caicos islands. Cuba and the Bahamas are being affect by Irma’s winds and rains today. The Category 5 hurricane has now been downgraded to a Category 4 but remains extremely dangerous.

By Sunday, Florida and other parts of the southeastern United States may feel Irma’s fury. Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties. The southwestern coast of Florida, including Naples and Fort Myers, seems to be in the for the worst of it. Miami, Tampa, and Orlando will likely be affected. The governors of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have also urged their residents to be ready for this storm. 

As we continue to Reach Out & Serve  people in Texas , IMPACT WITH HOPE  is also putting equipment into position for a U.S. Disaster Relief response to support people affected by Irma.