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Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean, Jose and Katia follows

Staff Writer | September 6, 2017
Hurricane Irma passed over the island of Barbuda during the early morning hours of Wednesday as Floridians prepared for the worst ahead of the record-breaking storm.
Irma slams Caribbean
Weather   Sustained winds reached 108 mph
Sustained winds on the ground in Barbuda were recorded at 108 mph, gusting to 155 mph before the anemometer, the instrument measuring the wind, broke. As of 5 a.m. ET, the monster Category 5 storm’s eye wall was butting up against St. Martin with sustained winds of 185 mph and even higher gusts.

Going forward, the hurricane is forecast to move north of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon, unleashing strong winds and heavy rain but not making a direct hit.

By Sunday morning, Irma will be approaching Florida and the Keys.

Preparations are already underway in Florida, which could face “direct impacts,” according to the National Hurricane Center, though it’s too soon to tell for sure. The official National Hurricane Center path shows Irma will travel straight up the middle of the state.

With Hurricane Irma looming in the Caribbean Wednesday, Florida residents and President Donald Trump are watching the Category 5 storm very closely.

The president acknowledged early Wednesday the storm's historic development.

"Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!" he tweeted.

"Watching Hurricane closely. My team, which has done, and is doing, such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida. No rest for the weary!" the president wrote in another.