Irma Heads Toward Florida

Irma Heads Toward Florida

Hurricane Irma, downgraded to a Category 4 storm, is expected to hit the Bahamas Friday and continue moving westward to Florida.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer |Sept. 8, 2017, at 8:23 a.m.

Hurricane Irma battered the Turks and Caicos Islands early Friday as the fearsome Category 5 storm continued a rampage through the Caribbean that has killed a number of people.

Hurricane Irma has destroyed homes and left thousands without power in Barbuda. (Anika E. Kentish/AP)

The devastating Hurricane Irma, which was once one of the strongest storms the Atlantic had ever seen, has been downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, with winds as strong as 155 mph. Despite its downgrade, the National Hurricane Center still classifies Irma as “extremely dangerous.”

Irma “will continue to bring life-threatening winds, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas through Saturday,” the center said Friday in a forecast discussion.

Irma is expected to remain a Category 4 hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida Saturday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged residents to evacuate and not try to ride out the storm. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis ordered evacuations for six southern islands — Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island, CNN reported.

The hurricane, which had record-breaking winds of 185 mph, has left at least 11 people dead, hundreds of thousands without power, and tens of thousands without water. More than half of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was without power Thursday and President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the island, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  
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