Thursday, September 07, 2017

Hurricane Irma: Florida Braces For Historic Storm

Hurricane Irma is on her way, packing 185-mph winds and may hit the Sunshine State this weekend.

Hurricane Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction and reducing buildings to rubble, on a track that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.

Florida is bracing for the arrival of the Atlantic's most deadly storm in history, which has already left at least 9 people - and as many as 13 - dead, with thousands homeless. Emergency chiefs warn it will have a "truly devastating" impact on the US.

The United Nations estimates that up to 37 million people could be affected by the category five hurricane, which is forecast to hit the south-eastern Bahamas by Thursday evening  and near the Central Bahamas by Friday.

Florida is braced for a possible direct hit from as early as Friday night, with forecasters predicting it could strike the entire Atlantic coast and rage into South Carolina and Georgia, where a mandatory evacuation has been ordered.

Aerial footage shows devastation left by Hurricane Irma on Dutch Caribbean islands

On the small island of Barbuda, the category five hurricane destroyed nearly all buildings and left it "barely habitable" after striking in the early hours of Wednesday.

Florida highway jam-packed as residents flee approaching Hurricane Irma

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