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Friday, September 08, 2017

Hurricane Irma: Florida Orders Mass Evacuate As Deadly Dtorm Hits Caribbean


 Hurricane Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction and reducing buildings to rubble, on a track that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.

The American state is bracing for the arrival of the Atlantic's most deadly storm in history , which has already left at least 13 people dead, with thousands homeless.

Emergency chiefs warns it will have a "truly devastating" impact on the US. The United Nations estimates that up to 37 million people could be affected by the category five hurricane, which is forecast to hit the south-eastern Bahamas by Thursday evening  and near the Central Bahamas by Friday.

Florida is braced for a possible direct hit from as early as Friday night, with forecasters predicting it could strike the entire Atlantic coast and rage into South Carolina and Georgia, where a mandatory evacuation has been ordered.

Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean,  small island of Barbuda, the category five hurricane destroyed nearly all buildings and left it "barely habitable" after striking in the early hours of Wednesday.

Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Barbuda, said the island is "literally rubble" amid scenes of "total carnage". He added: "The entire housing stock was damaged.

 It is just total devastation." Officials warned that the island of Saint-Martin is "almost destroyed". The death toll is expected to rise on both islands.


A British mother told of her fears for her two daughters - a pregnant hotel worker and an ex-beauty queen - who are missing on Barbuda and have not been heard from since Irma struck.

Their aunt has called on Richard Branson to help find their family, saying "The silence is unbearable."

Irma blacked out much of Puerto Rico early on Thursday, covering the US territory with heavy wind and rain as it headed towards the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Meanwhile, two other storms have strengthened to become hurricanes. It is feared Hurricane Jose will bring winds of up to 129mph and is expected to follow a similar path when it arrives over the weekend.

While the Caribbean faces the possibility of being affected by a second major hurricane, Mexico is braced for the arrival of Hurricane Katia on Friday evening.

Stay with Thomasloaded for the latest updates through the night and into the morning.



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