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Hurricane Irma: Latest updates


Hurricane Irma seems to change directions each day. Many different reporters have given different opinions of the direct path it will take.

The latest update, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, shows that it is still a category 4 with 155 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is currently still near the Caribbean Islands, and it will be a heavy threat to Florida. At the time of this report, it is east of Cuba, 375 miles from Miami. It will possibly make landfall, hitting Miami during the early morning hours of Sunday.

Irma is also an incredibly large hurricane, measuring at approximately twice the width of Florida.

Irma is expected to go through Florida as a hurricane; meteorologists are expecting 12 feet of water. When it hits Georgia, it will likely have weakened to a tropical storm with wind speeds of 39 mph to 73 mph and will eventually turn into a tropical depression with wind speeds less than 39 mph.

It definitely will go through Georgia, part of Alabama, part of South Carolina, and up to Tennessee. According to the latest projections, the storm will cross over into Georgia around noon or early morning hours. People are to expect flash flooding in random areas.

Irma has already killed at least 20 people on its path of destruction in the Caribbean, according USA Today.

There are two other hurricanes right now, as well. Hurricane Jose is following closely behind Irma, but as of right now, there seems to be no threat to the United States. Hurricane Katia is storming up the east coast of Mexico, heading inward.

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