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Hurricane, storm surge warnings issued for Florida ahead of Irma: NHC
September 8, 2017 / 3:49 AM / 3 months ago

Hurricane, storm surge warnings issued for Florida ahead of Irma: NHC

REUTERS - Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in half a century, has triggered hurricane and storm surge warnings for south Florida and the Florida Keys, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

Locals stand next to a damaged road as Hurricane Irma moves off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, in Nagua, Dominican Republic, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

Irma, which is about 585 miles (940 km) east-southeast of Miami, Florida, packing maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour (270 kph), will continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas through Saturday, the NHC said.

Irma should maintain a west-northwestward trajectory but slow down during the next 36 hours, it added.

Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru

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