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Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Storm Strikes Cuba and Turns Toward Florida Keys

NYT

“Now, we must think of the safety of our emergency operations staff and first responders and evacuate them out of harm’s way.”The United States Coast Guard in Key West has already evacuated all its employees. — FRANCES ROBLESIrma strikes the Turks and Caicos, and the BahamasIrma lashed the southern Bahamas on Friday with intense winds and rain, leaving a trail of downed trees and power lines, damaged roofs, and scattered debris.Mayaguana and Inagua were among the first Bahamian islands to feel the impact. “It was very loud,” said Marcus Sands, an assistant superintendent with the police in Abraham’s Bay, Mayaguana’s main settlement. “You could hear the debris flying around crashing into buildings.”.The National Hurricane Center said the eye of the storm was expected to move just north of Cuba and the central Bahamas for the rest of Friday and Saturday.Irma was predicted to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain on northern Cuba, with some areas seeing as much as 20 inches. The storm passed Baracoa, a town near Cuba’s eastern tip, on Friday morning, but wrought less havoc there than was expected. Cuban state media reported winds of about 90 m.p.h. and said that waves had towered over the city’s breakwater, causing localized flooding.In the Turks and Caicos, Virginia Clerveaux, the director of Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, said officials were assessing the damage, which included torn-off roofs, electricity outages and widespread flooding.Irma is among the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and one of the five most forceful storms to hit the Atlantic basin in 82 years, according to the National Hurricane Center.Get updates about news across the United States via Twitter and in the Morning Briefing newsletter.Continue reading the main story

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