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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 8:59
Caribbean islands, Florida brace for fierce Hurricane Irma
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Hurricane Irma, barreling toward the Caribbean and the southern United States, was upgraded to a powerful Category 4 storm yesterday as islands in its path braced themselves.

Hurricane advisories were issued for territories that dot the West Indies, including parts of the Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in preparation for the intensifying storm that could pummel the area with life-threatening wind, storm surges and torrential rain by this evening.

Irma, now packing 130 mph winds, also threatens the U.S. East Coast and Florida, which on Mondayevening declared a state of emergency.

The hurricane center expects Irma to reach southern Florida on Saturday.

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