Hur­ri­cane pow­ers to­ward Florida, leav­ing death, de­struc­tion

Weekly Trust - - News -

Hur­ri­cane Irma, one of the most pow­er­ful At­lantic storms in a cen­tury, drove to­ward Florida, United States yes­ter­day after lash­ing the Car­ib­bean with dev­as­tat­ing winds and tor­ren­tial rain, killing 19 peo­ple and leav­ing a swathe of cat­a­strophic de­struc­tion.

Irma was about 450 miles (724 km) south­east of Mi­ami, Florida, early yes­ter­day after sat­u­rat­ing the north­ern coasts of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and Haiti and pum­mel­ing the Turks and Caicos Is­lands.

The “ex­tremely dan­ger­ous” hur­ri­cane was down­graded from a Cat­e­gory 5 to a Cat­e­gory 4 early Fri­day but still packed winds as strong as 150 miles per hour (240 km per hour), the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter (NHC) said in an ad­vi­sory at 8 a.m EDT (noon GMT).

Irma hit the Ba­hamas on Fri­day, where it was fore­cast to bring 20-foot (six-me­ter) storm surges be­fore mov­ing to Cuba and then slam­ming into south­ern Florida on Sun­day.

In Mi­ami, hun­dreds lined up for bot­tled wa­ter and cars looped around city blocks to buy gas on Thurs­day. Short­ages in the Mi­ami-Fort Laud­erdale metropoli­tan area wors­ened on Thurs­day, with sales up to five times the norm.

In Palm Beach, the wa­ter­front Mara-Lago es­tate owned by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was or­dered evac­u­ated, me­dia re­ported. Trump also owns prop­erty on the French side of St. Martin, an is­land dev­as­tated by the storm.

A manda­tory evac­u­a­tion on Ge­or­gia’s At­lantic coast was due to be­gin on Satur­day, Gover­nor Nathan Deal said. The storm comes two weeks after Hur­ri­cane Har­vey struck Texas, claim­ing around 60 lives and caus­ing prop­erty dam­age es­ti­mated at as much as $180 bil­lion in Texas and Louisiana.

AFP

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