IRMA kills 10 across the Caribean

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hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has killed at least 10 people across a number of Caribbean islands as it tore through the region. Florida is on high alert and has ordered evacuations, while the Carolinas and Georgia have also declared emergencies.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, had maximum sustained wind speeds of 185mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. At least eight people on France's island territories have lost their lives, and images showed the island of Saint Martin devastated by wind and floodwater.

The storm has churned along a path through the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, and towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Residents of Florida are preparing for a potential hit over the weekend. Irma's eye passed directly over the island of Barbuda, meaning its inhabitants were twice subjected to the fastest winds

Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

Officials had warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."

 

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