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Hurricane Irma death toll rises to 10

Staff Writer | September 7, 2017
At least ten people have died after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on a string of Caribbean islands.
Hurricane Irma destruction
Weather   Irma was headed for the Dominican Republic
Irma left eight people dead on Saint Martin and St. Barthelmy in its wake Wednesday, in addition to one reported fatality on Anguilla and a child killed on Barbuda.

The French Interior Minister said the storm had killed at least 8 people in French territories and injured another 23.

Early Thursday, Irma was headed for the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti, traveling at 17 miles per hour and bringing sustained winds of 180 miles per hour.

The eye of the storm is expected to be near Turks and Caicos by this evening, and then approach the Central Bahamas by Friday.

“Irma is a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards,” the NHC said in an advisory Thursday, reiterating earlier advice.