Hurricane Irma Closing In On Florida, Leaving Wake Of Destruction
"Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with winds of up to 175 miles an hour, continued to tear through the Caribbean on Thursday, leaving devastation in its wake and prompting evacuation orders across the region.
The death toll was at least seven on Thursday afternoon, and the authorities warned that the number could rise as communications improved. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe of France said that four people were confirmed dead on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, lowering local rescue officials’ previous count of eight. A St. Martin official said on Wednesday night that “95 percent of the island is destroyed.”
More than 70 percent of Puerto Rico’s households were without power on Thursday, though the territory appeared to be largely unscathed beyond that, the governor said.”*
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