U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp is taking drastic and questionable measures before Hurricane Irma strikes.
On Monday, he signed an “emergency order” that calls for the National Guard to seize private guns, ammunition, explosives, and property the National Guard may need to respond to the imminent disaster.
The order allows the Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands to seize private property they believe necessary to protect the islands, subject to approval by the territory’s Justice Department.
Mapp issued an emergency declaration Tuesday and mobilized National Guard units to prepare for the massive storm.
“This is not an opportunity to go outside and try to have fun with a hurricane,” Mapp’s National Guard said. “It’s not time to get on a surfboard.”
Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm Tuesday, with wind gusts hitting 175 miles an hour. Irma’s eye is expected to pass just north of the heart of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday and bring four to eight inches or rain and 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts.
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