Puerto Rico declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (WKRG) — The governor of Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma.

In a release from the office of Ricardo Rosselló, the governor has also activated the National Guard.

Puerto Rico is under a hurricane watch, meaning hurricane conditions are expected in the next 48 hours.

Government offices in Puerto Rico will stay open through noon on Tuesday so that workers can put together a plan to protect public property.

Hurricane Irma currently has 120 mph winds and is moving west southwest at 14 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles islands.

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