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At least 10 people have died in the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma continues on its devastating path toward Florida. Irma weakened a bit Thursday morning but remains a Category 5 storm with winds of 180 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. French officials confirmed that eight people died and 23 were injured in its Caribbean Island territories, while a 2-year-old child died in Barbuda and another death was reported on the British island of Anguilla. Irma’s heavy rain and fierce winds left most of Puerto Rico without power, but the U.S. territory was spared from a direct hit.

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Hurricane Irma roars into the Caribbean on a path toward Florida

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/06/17, 10:04 am

The most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean made landfall on islands in the northeast Caribbean early Wednesday and could possibly reach South Florida by the weekend. The U.S. National Weather Service said the eye of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, passed over Barbuda around 2 a.m. and was nearing the islands of St. Martin and Anguilla this morning. The meteorological office in the Dominican Republic recorded winds speeds of up to 183 mph on St. Martin. In Barbuda, high winds ripped off the roof of a police station and knocked out communications between islands.

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Hurricane Irma threatens Caribbean, Florida

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/05/17, 10:38 am

The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are bracing for Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that could eventually hit Florida and other states along the east coast. The National Hurricane Center said it was still too early to predict the storm’s future track, but “everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place.” Irma’s center was expected to move near or over islands in the northeast Caribbean late Tuesday and early Wednesday. The eye was then expected to pass to within about 50 miles of Puerto Rico.

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