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High winds from Hurricane Irma hit Guadeloupe

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 00:46

High winds from Hurricane Irma hit the Carribean island of Guadeloupe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, churned across northern Caribbean islands on Wednesday (September 6) with a potentially catastrophic mix of fierce winds, surf and rain, en route to a possible Florida landfall at the weekend. Several tiny islands in the resort-heavy eastern Caribbean were the first in harm's way. Hurricane watches were in effect for Guadeloupe, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas. Amateur video showed palm trees bending and waves whipped up by high winds. Irma is expected to become the second powerful storm to thrash the U.S. mainland in as many weeks but its precise trajectory remained uncertain. Hurricane Harvey killed more than 60 people and caused damaged estimated as high as $180 billion when it hit Texas late last month. The eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km per hour), moved away from the island of Barbuda and toward the island of St. Martin, east of Puerto Rico, early on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported. It could hit Florida on Saturday (September 9). The NHC said Irma ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes during the past 80 years and the strongest Atlantic basin storm ever outside the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

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High winds from Hurricane Irma hit Guadeloupe

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 00:46