For some reason, there are still some unfortunately obtuse Americans who are refusing to evacuate Miami ahead of Hurricane Irma’s impact.
The category 5 storm, which has already devastated the Caribbean in terrifying ways, is making its way slowly toward the southern tip of Florida where it is expected to make a dramatic landfall over the weekend.
Coming in on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which annihilated parts of the Texas coast and the city of Houston, one would think that Americans would have grown weary of the surprising damage that a hurricane can create. That seems to not be the case in Miami, however, as stubborn citizens are defying the mandatory evacuation orders in a futile, and likely fatal attempt to “ride out” the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
This is where the Mayor of Miami Beach has stepped in to speak directly to these stalwarts, and he is in no way toning down the language in order to coddle or comfort those choosing to risk life and limb to face Irma.
“Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said the pumps in place won’t stop the surge.
“Levine is all for the mandatory evacuation of the beach ordered earlier in the evening.
“’We have talked to people in your city who say, “We ain’t going,”‘ CBS4’s Hank Tester told Levine.
“’I hate to hear that. I’ll do anything in my power to convince them this is a very serious storm. This is a nuclear hurricane. They should leave the beach, they must leave the beach,’ he said.
“Miami Beach is a barrier island that runs seven miles long and one mile wide. The tourist mecca averages three feet above sea level. Irma surge exceeds 16 feet.
“’As you know, as of yesterday, I have been telling our residents I strongly urge they please leave Miami Beach. You have friends, you have family – go visit them,’ Levine said. ‘Get out of the barrier island and I am very happy Mayor Gimenez issue the mandatory evacuation early this evening.’”
There is an often overlooked aspect to these mandatory evacuations that portray those choosing to stay in an extremely selfish light: The risks that are taken by first responders who are obligated to come looking for you, or your body, during the height of danger.
By staying put for whatever pedantic reason you choose, you are willfully creating a situation in which another human being, or beings, is going to risk their life to rescue you. Your desire to not be bothered by evacuating will result in extreme danger for the men and women who have chosen to serve the public.
Any way you slice it, staying in Miami Beach during Hurricane Irma is going to put people in danger.