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Hurricane kills 8, Florida braces for storm
    2017-September-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

HURRICANE Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, has killed eight people and wounded 23 on the French overseas Caribbean islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Thursday.

Speaking on radio France Info, Collomb said the death toll “could rise” after Irma, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 360 km per hour, demolished the Caribbean islands in its path.

Saint Martin, an island shared by the French and Dutch administrations, was hit most badly by the hurricane with 95 percent of its territory destroyed.

The hurricane hammered Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds Wednesday night. The dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda was especially hard hit. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said nearly every building on Barbuda was leveled when the hurricane’s core crossed almost directly over the island early Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island’s roughly 1,800 people are homeless.

Irma, with a maximum sustained wind speed of around

250 kmph, was on track this weekend to reach the U.S. state of Florida, where evacuation has started.

Miami-Dade county officials advised residents living in low-lying areas to start evacuating Wednesday, as well as individuals with special needs in Miami, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Monroe county, which lies on the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula including the Florida Keys, issued a mandatory evacuation order for visitors starting Wednesday morning, and for residents starting from that evening.

Broward county, to the North of Miami-Dade County, said all residents east of U.S. Route One must evacuate starting at noon Thursday.

The orders of evacuation come as the National Hurricane center modified the pathway of Hurricane Irma to cover the entire Florida peninsula after landing near Miami.

On Wednesday, Cuba’s civil defense authority issued an alert for the country’s central and eastern provinces to reduce potential damage by Hurricane Irma this week.

“Having in mind that, during the last 12 to 24 hours, Irma maintained the same speed and route, it was decided to establish the Alert Phase for the eastern provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camaguey, and the central territories of Ciego de Avila and Villa Clara,” said the authority in a press release.

“State agencies, economic entities and social institutions of the provinces that are in the alert phase must comply with the measures provided for in their respective disaster reduction plans,” reiterated the civil defense body in its statement.

It also urged the population to stay aware and keep track of information on the Category 5 hurricane, considered the most dangerous to face Cuba since Gustav in 2008.

Local forecasters indicated the storm is also the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.

On Wednesday afternoon, Irma battered the Virgin Islands but continued to move west-northwest at 26 kmph with sustained winds reaching 295 kmph. It is expected to affect eastern Cuba in the next 48 to 72 hours. (Xinhua)

 

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