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Fear grips Florida that monster Hurricane Irma could be worse than Harvey

| September 5, 2017

Weather Radar

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the Caribbean on Tuesday — on a path that could send the Category 5 megastorm toward Florida — people up and down the state were starting to prepare for the worst.

The hurricane packed maximum sustained winds of 185 mph late Tuesday afternoon and was traveling west at 15 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported in its 5 p.m. ET advisory. The storm was roaring toward the Leeward Islands. Irma’s center was about 130 miles east of Antigua and approximately 135 miles east-southeast of Barbuda, the advisory said.

Forecasters warned the Florida Keys are especially at risk for possible damage. “People who are living (in the Florida Keys) or have property there are very scared, and they should be,” MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel said.

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