Hurricane Irma batters Caribbean, Florida braces for hit

Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Irma Approaching Lesser Antilles

Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Irma Approaching Lesser Antilles

Traveling overland weakens storms, so if the hurricane traverses several Caribbean islands, it may hit the lower 48 at a lower strength, he said.

At least eight people are dead and another 23 injured after Irma tore through French island territories in the Caribbean, according to France's interior minister.

Rush Limbaugh created a storm of his own by suggesting that the "panic" caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians seeking action on climate change.

The State Department authorized voluntary evacuation of USA diplomats and their families from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, where the storm was expected to arrive by Friday.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.

He said the cranes were built to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, but not a Category 5 storm, which Hurricane Irma now is. The high winds and heavy rains tore through the heart of the north eastern Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbuda and St. Martin early Wednesday morning. However, Antigua was mostly spared, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. He said parts of the island are "literally underwater".

A total of around 9,000 people live on Saint Barthelemy.

It also says that the airport did not sustain any major damage but that it remains closed along with two ports. He said a backup ham radio, as well as a satellite radio, were destroyed during the hurricane. "It looks like it could be something that could be not good, believe me, not good". "Believe me, not good", he told reporters at the White House.

With Irma's potentially catastrophic wind and rain set to crash through the low-lying Florida Keys this weekend, many storm-hardened residents don't seem willing to ride this one out. Residents in the path of the storm are urged by authorities to comply with local evacuation orders and properly secure their homes and businesses when possible. Trump also declared emergencies for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"We have to prepare for the worst", Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said.

"As with all flights, fares are typically more affordable when booked farther out, and may be higher for last-minute original bookings - that fare structure hasn't changed as a result of the storm", said Airlines for America, a trade group that represents major USA carrier.

Puerto Rico's public power company is warning that some areas could be without power for four to six months because the infrastructure was already badly deteriorated before Irma hit.

Katia was located 190 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, and there's a watch in effect for a small portion of the Mexican coast there.

In the "honorable mention" category, we have to bring up Hurricane Patricia in 2015.

There have never been two category four storms making landfall on the United States mainland during the same season, since records began.

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