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Irma strengthens as it nears Florida with deadly storm surges

FORT MYERS: Hurricane Irma gained strength as it was set to make landfall in Florida on Sunday with a double barrel threat of destructive winds and life-threatening storm surges, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history. The storm, which went on a deadly march up Cuba’s northern coast a day earlier, was a Category 4 hurricane about 40 miles (65 kms) south-southeast of Key West, Florida, as of 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT) on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (210 kph), the National Hurricane Center…

Indian Embassy tells 1,500 hurricane-hit Indian families in Caribbean to ‘go to hell’

As many as 1,500 Indian families stranded in the Caribbean in the wake of powerful hurricane have simply gotten the cold shoulder from their own embassy at the most difficult time when they were expecting all-out assistance. The Indian Embassy in Venezuela, according to a report in the Mid-Day, won't help the nearly 1,500 Indians who are stranded in the Caribbean island of St Maarten. In the wake of the massive hurricane, the Indian families there are living without access to food, water or electricity, and are in…

5.6 million Floridians ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irma closes in

MIAMI: Florida has ordered 5.6 million people to evacuate as massive Hurricane Irma menaces the southeastern US state, according to its Division of Emergency Management. Irma regained strength as a Category 5 storm late Friday as it made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba, and is now swirling about 275 miles (440 kilometers) away from Miami packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour. Irma is expected to strike the Florida Keys late Saturday and Sunday before moving inland, according to the National…

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…

Oil up after Harvey fallout; Hurricane Irma heads into Caribbean

SINGAPORE/LONDON: Oil prices rose more than 1 percent on Wednesday as strong global refining margins and the reopening of US Gulf Coast refineries provided a more bullish outlook after sharp drops due to Hurricane Harvey. But traders remained wary of Hurricane Irma, ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the last 80 years, which was passing over the northernmost Virgin Islands on Wednesday afternoon and headed toward Florida at the weekend, raising concerns that it could knock out a major demand…

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…

Florida prepares for ‘extremely dangerous’ hurricane in recorded history

FLORIDA: Emergency management officials across South Florida hastened disaster preparations on Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s expected weekend arrival on the U.S. mainland with possibly greater force than Hurricane Harvey unleashed on Texas. Irma, a Category 5 storm - the highest hurricane ranking used by U.S. forecasters - neared the Caribbean’s northern Leeward Islands, east of Puerto Rico, late on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (300 km/h). The hurricane center was blunt about…