Hurricane Irma slams the Caribbean; Florida could face 'direct impacts'

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Another week, another hurricane threat in the USA for airlines as Irma looms down on Florida, complicating flight schedules.

That type of wind speed can completely destroy most framed homes, topple trees, and take down power lines.

Antigua has also been affected by the weather as the island has been hit with heavy rain and strong winds.

USA authorities are urging residents to prepare for a "record-breaking" hurricane headed toward Florida as the storm known as Irma brings destruction to the Caribbean. The official National Hurricane Center path shows Irma will travel straight up the middle of the state. That storm was the largest to hit the state and the costliest in USA history until hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

Many residents of the Florida Keys didn't wait until Wednesday as they headed out of the region Tuesday evening.

According to the probable trajectory pattern traced by the NHC, after crossing the Lesser Antilles, the vortex of the extremely unsafe Irma will pass near or just north of Puerto Rico by noon on Wednesday and Thursday night, Efe reports. The hurricane packs a punch that is stronger than Andrew or Katrina, two of the most notorious recent hurricanes. The video was shot aboard National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flight "NOAA42" which has been flying in rough weather to collect data about the "potentially catastrophic" storm.

Hurricane warnings are in place on several islands, including the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, the United States and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

"The Meteorological Service of Cuba has issued a Hurricane Watch for Cuba from the provinces of Matanzas eastward to Guantanamo", The NHC announced Tuesday night.

The British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas are also in the storm's path.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the state's 67 counties to give local governments "ample time, resources and flexibility" to prepare for the storm.



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