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Mass exodus in Florida as Hurricane Irma closes in

MIAMI: Store owners boarded up their windows and families sandbagged their homes to join a mass exodus on Friday as Hurricane Irma churned towards Florida after cutting a deadly swath through the Caribbean. Warning that Irma would be worse than Hurricane Andrew, which killed 65 people in 1992, Florida s governor said all of the state s 20.6 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate. Bumper-to-bumper traffic snaked north out of the peninsula, with mattresses, gas cans and kayaks strapped to car roofs as…

Monstrous Hurricane Irma kills 14 in Caribbean, heads for Florida

PROVIDENCIALES/TURKS/CAICOS: Residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday hunkered down for Hurricane Irma, which has smashed through a string of Caribbean islands as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, killing at least 14 people en route to Florida. With winds of around 185 miles per hour (290 km per hour), the storm the size of France has ravaged small islands in the northeast Caribbean in recent days, including Barbuda, Saint Martin and the British and US Virgin Islands, ripping down trees…

Hurricane Irma lashes Caribbean islands; Florida braces for hit

SAN JUAN: Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, howled past Puerto Rico on Wednesday after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands with tree-snapping winds, drenching rains and pounding surf on a collision course with Florida. At least four people were reported killed on four different islands by Irma, which weather forecasters have described as a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 storm, the highest U.S. classification for hurricanes. The dual-island nation of Antigua and…