Hurricane Irma Approaches Florida

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Hurricane Irma has slammed into the Caribbean as a category 5 storm, the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic, with 185-mile per hour winds. Fox News correspondent Phil Keating has more from Miami.

It’s the one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded. Irma, a category 5 storm, battering the northeast Caribbean early Wednesday hitting Barbuda, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, and several other islands, including the US and British Virgin Islands, with 185-mile-an-hour-winds.

It’s now churning slowly north, threatening the entire western Caribbean. 

“I have no place to go, I have to stay here. I will live or die depending on how this storm hits us.”

The storm is projected to hit Florida hard over the weekend. State and federal officials — including President Trump — warning residents not to underestimate the danger.

“This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than hurricane Andrew.”

“We’ll know in a very short period of time but it looks like something that could be not good. Believe me, not good.”

And here in the Miami area, preparations are already underway, with supplies like water and gas running low. 

The highways are clogged as anxious residents hit the road, afraid of being left behind if there’s a repeat of the record flooding we saw this past week in Houston.  

“The storm is going to be pretty bad, so I want to get going while the going is good.”

Mandatory evacuation orders are now in effect in the Florida Keys but some residents say they’re staying behind to protect their homes, saying they’re prepared to face the danger. 

“There’s a bit of helplessness, but that’s a part of living in the keys. It’s part of southern Florida.”

Thursday and Friday, Irma’s expected to slam into Cuba and the Bahamas before turning north early Saturday morning into Florida. 

In Miami, Phil Keating, Fox News.

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