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HURRICANE WATCH: Irma Leaves A Trail Of Devastation As It Moves Towards Florida

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

Hurricane Irma’s eye passed over several Caribbean islands early Wednesday as the record-breaking storm makes its way towards Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Irma, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, made landfall in Barbuda Wednesday morning. The “potentially catastrophic” storm is expected to hit Florida over the weekend.

A news crew tried to cover the storm as it passed over Barbuda, but they were forced to cut their segment short due to high winds. Irma, a Category 5 storm, has maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.

Local authorities had this to say: “May God protect us all.”

Irma’s eye also passed over the islands of St. Martin and Anguilla, bringing destruction as a storm surge flooded streets and high winds toppled trees and ripped through roofs.

Here’s footage captured after Harvey’s eye passed over St. Martin:

Here’s footage from Anguilla as the storm hit:

Irma has also caused massive flood damage on the French-speaking island of Saint Barthelemy:

Irma will continue west across the South Atlantic and is expected to hit the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday afternoon.

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