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Hurricane Irma slams Puerto Rico

Hurricane Irma slams Puerto Rico”

Latest paths for the storm have it impacting almost the entire state of Florida, and potentially further up the East Coast into the Carolinas.

"We will have victims to lament, and the material damage on the two islands is considerable", Macron said following a crisis meeting in Paris.

The company, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc, is watching the weather and would adjust any plans as necessary, Robbins said.

Hurricane Irma is a now a killer storm, and it'll be a matter of hours before the first clear pictures of the destruction come out of the Caribbean.

Odalys Garcia, a spokeswoman for the Electric Energy Authority (AEE), said it's hard to predict power outages ahead of the storm.

Here is a breakdown on hurricane strengths and how Hurricane Irma gained power.

The exact path of the storm is uncertain, according to Florida's governor Rick Scott, but he said that the hurricane could affect millions in his state.

The government has confirmed one death on Barbuda caused by Hurricane Irma.

With all those ingredients in place, Hurricane Irma's winds have peaked at 185 miles per hour, making it the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record. Jose is forecast to intensify to a hurricane in the next few days. Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, stalled, backtracked and then took a new path.

The eye of the hurricane forms as air rotates up and out of the hurricane and some of the air that's being spun out of the top of the storm sinks back into the center.

The chance that Irma will make a direct impact on Florida "continues to increase", the National Weather Service says, adding that it's too early to specify the timing and magnitude.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center called Irma "potentially catastrophic" and says it carried life-threatening winds, rains and surges on Wednesday.

The most risky winds, usually nearest to the eye, were forecast to pass near the northern Virgin Islands and near or just north of Puerto Rico on Wednesday (local time).

Four other storms have had winds that strong in the overall Atlantic region, but they were in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, which are usually home to warmer waters that fuel cyclones.

The US National Hurricane Center forecasts that Irma may strike southern Florida on Saturday, when it could still be a major hurricane.



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