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Hurricane Irma Has Made Landfall Causing ‘Major Damage’ In Caribbean

Hurricane Irma Has Made Landfall Causing ‘Major Damage’ In Caribbean

Hurricane Irma, dubbed the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, has made landfall for the first time. The category five hurricane (which is the highest possible category) has slammed into several Caribbean islands, where major damage and flooding is being reported.

Irma is packing wind gusts of up to 185 mph (297 km/h), and is slowly heading towards Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba and possibly Florida.

This radio station in Guadeloupe has released dramatic images of Saint Martin, showing how badly it has been hit by the hurricane.

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One person has already been reported to have died; a 16-year-old who tried to surf on the huge waves generated by the hurricane. Ines Ocampo reports the teen broke his neck after hitting his head on a shallow reef in Barbados.

French minister for overseas territories, Annick Girardin, is concerned the death may be the first of many, expressing fears "for a certain number of our compatriots who unfortunately didn't want to listen to the protection measures and go to more secure sites.

"We're preparing for the worst."

As the storm continues to rage, one Briton has been tweeting his experiences.

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As it approached land, scientists said they were picking up background noise from the storm on their earthquake-detecting seismometers. To illustrate just how big it was before it made landfall, BBC Weather reporter, Simon King, told Breakfast that the storm was the size of France.

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Florida's governor, Rick Scott, has declared an emergency for all 67 counties in the south-east state of America.

He said: 'Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma's path - potentially impacting millions of Floridians."

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma

Credit: PA

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Authorities are warning that the storm could dump up to 10 inches of rain, cause landslides and flash floods, as well as generating waves up to 23 feet in height.

The storm comes just days after Hurricane Harvey destroyed homes and lives in Texas, US.

Harvey was labelled as one of the worst storms to hit the United States in a decade, and carried winds of up to 130mph (209km/h).

It hit the mainland as a category four, knocking electricity out to about 300,000 people, with hundreds seeking shelter in community centres.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Hurricane Irma, hurricane, flooding, Storm

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.