Hurricane Irma heads away from Cuba

10 September, 2017, 13:20 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Hurricane Irma Is Here, Battering Florida As a Category 4 Storm [UPDATED]

More than 50,000 people in Florida are seeking shelter in schools, community centres and churches as Hurricane Irma nears the state.

Hurricane Irma battered the north of Cuba on Saturday before it began to turn north for its run up Florida's western coast. He said that more shelters would be opened on Saturday.

Hurricane Jose was pulling away from the northern Leeward Islands and was expected to weaken in intensity on Sunday and Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The state's emergency management agency said almost 70,000 people were hunkering down in more than 420 shelters opened in the state.

US President Donald Trump said his administration is monitoring the situation around the clock and is "as prepared as we can be".

Hurricane Irma Is Here, Battering Florida As a Category 4 Storm [UPDATED]

Storm force winds may be felt in Tallahassee for 18 hours, starting tomorrow, the weather service said.

Irma, one of the strongest storms ever to impact the region, caused major destruction earlier this week when it struck the USA and British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, and St Kitts and Nevis after developing into a Category 5 storm.

Some of the webcams have even been connected to separate battery packs in the event power is lost due to infrastructure damage from the storm.

The National Hurricane Center says the eye of powerful Hurricane Irma is expected to hit southwest Florida and Tampa sometime today, but the entire state will feel the storm's effects.

No injuries were reported on the island by Saturday night.

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