Foreign Ministry issues warnings on new category 5 hurricane

Israel warns citizens to stay out of path of powerful hurricane as Florida declares a state of emergency.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,


The Foreign Ministry issued a warning to Israelis on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma approached the Caribbean.

Irma was upgraded to category 5 Tuesday, the strongest category for hurricanes. The storm's maximum wind speeds were measured at 185 miles per hour.

"The storm Irma has in recent hours become a category 5 hurricane and is making its way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and the state of Florida," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The governor of Florida has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties, and the storm is expected to strike south Florida this weekend. An evacuation was ordered in the Florida Keys.

"In view of the danger posed by the storm, the Foreign Ministry recommends that Israelis who are in the hurricane's path comply with the instructions of the competent authorities in the area regarding evacuation, necessary equipment and places of refuge," the ministry's statement continued.

The Foreign Ministry recommended that Israelis "to whatever extent possible, refrain from going to places where the storm is expected to strike, or to leave these places if there is such an option."

The Israeli consulate in Miami can be contacted in case of emergency.