Hurricane Irma Smashes Into Cuba As Millions Flee Florida

Hurricane Irma Smashes Into Cuba As Millions Flee Florida

After battering Cuba early Saturday and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, the dreaded Hurricane Irma is bearing down (South-east) of Florida.

Winds of up to 160mph smashed into Camaguey Archipelago on the Cuba’s northern coast on Saturday hours after it was classified as a Category 5 storm.
 
Irma has now been downgraded to a Category 4, but remains extremely powerful, blowing sustained winds of155mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

Concerns are also mounting over Hurricane Jose, which is growing in strength and heading towards islands already devastated by Irma.

Florida is bracing for Irma to hit on Sunday morning. It is expected to bring massive damage from wind and flooding to the fourth most populous US state.

State Governor Rick Scott warned that Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, is wider than the “entire state”.

More than five million people – a quarter of the state’s population – have been ordered to evacuate.

The latest forecast track predicts the centre of the storm will move along Florida’s Gulf Coast throughout Monday.

The British Army and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are delivering aid to those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Pictures released on Twitter show soldiers passing supplies along a chain and shelter kits, water and medical supplies being loaded onto a helicopter.

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