Erma approaches Puerto Rico and Trump declares state of emergency
President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday night as Hurricane Erma approaches US territory in the Pacific Ocean.
The US National Hurricane Center announced that Erma, which on Tuesday became a fifth-grade hurricane, is approaching the Caribbean islands with winds of 185 miles (295 km) per hour. The northern parts are expected to strike at dawn on Wednesday before reaching Florida on Saturday.
The state of emergency declared by the President, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency allows for movement in those areas and coordination of relief efforts.
Erma entered history on Tuesday, as his wind speed is the strongest recorded in the Pacific Ocean.
Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosello warned that the effects of Erma on the island could be catastrophic, pointing out that the region has not seen in its history such a dangerous storm.