Storm Chaser Says Parts of Florida Will Look Like a Third World Country
Storm chaser Ben McMillan appeared on "The Story" tonight live from Miami Shores, Florida, to offer his dire prediction for Hurricane Irma.
McMillan said that parts of Florida are going to look like a Third World country after the devastating storm.
"If you look at downtown Miami, you see large skyscrapers with glass windows and tremendous amounts of infrastructure, which under the winds of a Category 4 or Category 5 hurricane will fail," McMillan said.
He added that the city of Miami put out a warning that if construction cranes on buildings are hit with winds of more than than 135 miles per hour, they will begin to topple.
Irma currently has maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
"So if you can imagine large cranes, tons of metal, come piling down and striking anything in their way," McMullin said. "That's just one of the predictions we're looking at here tonight in Florida."
He urged anyone in an evacuation zone who's considering riding out the storm to rethink their plan and immediately evacuate.
He said even experienced storm chasers who are on location in Florida are looking at contingency plans and places they can go to keep themselves safe from the deadly winds and storm surge.
"We don't advise anyone to do what we do. We're professionals. We do this all the time, and we go through extensive training to do this job," McMillan said. "Our contingency plan is to go to the strongest structures possible, concrete garages, where they're going to withstand those winds. No matter how strong it gets, we'll still be safe."
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