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Hurricane Jose has “almost” reached category five strength, with top winds of 155 mph (250kmh) as it heads towards the eastern Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma.
Matt Taylor, a broadcast meteorologist for the BBC, has commented on the language used in a tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Key West, Florida, which urged people to evacuate.
The tweet said: “THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS… NOWHERE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS WILL BE SAFE … YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO EVACUATE”.
Us meteorologists are naturally reserved in the language we use. When you see this issued then, you know this really is the real deal … https://t.co/V7VAWDGPXC