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Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Five others died in hospital.Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed.Hollywood Po...
Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceHurricane Irma is blasting up the west coast of Florida after buffeting the city of Miami, with dangerous flooding along long stretches of coast.It has been downgraded from category three to one but still has maximum sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h).More than 3.4 million homes in the state are without power, with parts of the city of Miami under water.At least four deaths have been linked to the storm and several areas have brought in curfews.Are you in the region? Have you been affected by Hurricane Irma? If it is safe for you to do so, share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.Florida's Director of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, said late in Sunday he could not yet confirm or deny reports of multiple deaths and extensive dam...
Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

Health
Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, hit Cuba overnight as a rare Category 5 storm before being downgraded to a Category 3 Saturday morning. It is expected to strengthen again as it heads toward Florida. As of about 3 p.m. Saturday, Irma was 140 miles southeast of Key West with winds of 125 mph. It was moving west at 9 mph and is expected to turn north and head up the western coast of Florida, making landfall on Sunday. "This is a life-threatening situation," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday. "Our state has never seen anything like it." The governor stressed the dangers of what he called a "deadly, deadly, deadly storm surge." ABC News meteorologists are forecasting storm surges of 10 feet in Tampa and Sarasota, and 10 to 15 feet from Fort Myers to Naples...
With Florida, Georgia under evacuation orders, here's how to change travel plans

With Florida, Georgia under evacuation orders, here's how to change travel plans

Finance
As forecasters issue hurricane and storm-surge watches for parts of Florida, airlines and cruiselines are making it easier for U.S. travelers to troubleshoot their plans and stay out of Hurricane Irma's way.The latest advisories from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center predict that the "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 storm will move over Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by late Thursday."Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days," according to the advisory.A long list of areas are under hurricane warnings, including parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas; areas under a hurricane watch now in...
Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

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Hurricane Irma lashed the Caribbean today, causing at least nine deaths, while in the U.S., Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are facing states of emergency as residents brace for the monster storm. The storm -- called "extremely dangerous" by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) -- currently has sustained winds of 180 mph and even higher gusts. On Wednesday afternoon, Irma was battering the Caribbean, destroying about 90 percent of the structures and vehicles on Barbuda, officials said. In St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, at least eight people died and 21 were injured, according to the French Interior Minister. At least one person died in Barbuda, where there is widespread damage, said Midcie Francis, a spokeswoman for Antigua & Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services. Aer