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Friday, 08 September 2017 - 8:42
Hurricane Irma bears down on Turks and Caicos islands
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Haiti and the Turks and Caicos islands have been preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, which has left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

Poverty-stricken Haiti is seen as particularly vulnerable as its infrastructure has yet to recover from a devastating earthquake in 2010.

Low-lying Turks and Caicos is said to be at risk of a storm surge, with the possibility of destructive waves up to 20ft higher than usual.

Irma is a category five hurricane.

This is the highest possible level for a hurricane, and its winds are travelling at up to 185 mph. At least 10 people have already died in the region.

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