Hurricane Irma kills at least 11

240 km winds 1 million without power Florida orders mass evacuations

Hurricane Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction and reducing buildings to rubble, on a track that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.
The American state is bracing for the arrival of the Atlantic's most deadly storm in history, which has already left at least 9 people - and as many as 13 - dead, with thousands homeless. Emergency chiefs warn it will have a "truly devastating" impact on the US. The United Nations estimates that up to 37 million people could be affected by the category five hurricane, which is forecast to hit the south-eastern Bahamas by Thursday eveningĀ  and near the Central Bahamas by Friday.
Florida is braced for a possible direct hit from as early as Friday night, with forecasters predicting it could strike the entire Atlantic coast and rage into South Carolina and Georgia, where a mandatory evacuation has been ordered.
On the small island of Barbuda, the category five hurricane destroyed nearly all buildings and left it "barely habitable" after striking in the early hours of Wednesday.

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