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Powerful Hurricane Irma Begins Its Destructive Path As Florida Braces For The Worst.

Powerful Hurricane Irma Begins Its Destructive Path As Florida Braces For The Worst.

Hurricane Irma

A Sept. 5 image of Irma as Category 5 storm from the NOAA's GOES-16 satellite.
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Here’s what’s happening:

  • Hurricane Irma made landfall early Wednesday morning, passing directly over the island of Barbuda before making its way toward Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
  • At least one death was reported early on on the island of Barbuda Wednesday evening.
  • The storm has prompted President Donald Trump to declare states of emergency for Puerto Rico, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands.
  • Tourists in the Florida Keys are under a mandatory evacuation order, and officials expect additional evacuations of residents across south Florida, including Miami.
  • Grocery stores are already being cleaned out as people prepare to hunker down.
  • Widespread damage has been reported in the French Caribbean territories of Saint-Martin and St. Barts.
  • The storm comes just more than a week after Harvey blasted into the Texas coast, causing dozens of deaths and major flooding

Hurricane Irma , via : buzzfeed

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