Irma strongest ever

posted by Joel Riley - 

Category 5 Hurricane Irma, which yesterday became the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, made its first landfall early today (September 6th) in the islands of the northeast Caribbean, with the eye passing over Barbuda and nearby Antigua also getting pummeled. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba are ahead, before the storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, likely hits Florida over the weekend. A state of emergency has already been declared in Florida, where people yesterday were stocking up on water and other supplies, and Governor Rick Scott activated 100 members of the Florida National Guard to be deployed across the state, and 7,000 National Guard members were to report for duty Friday. Florida Keys officials were readying for evacuations, and Miami Beach and other coastal areas in Miami-Dade may have voluntary evacuations as well.

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