World Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Cuba as massive storm: US forecasters

06:50  09 september  2017
06:50  09 september  2017 Source:   AFP

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(CNN) -- Hurricane Irma battered parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas, and forecasters predicted Friday evening the massive storm will strengthen into a Category 5 storm again Irma is expected to have sustained winds of 160 mph by the time it makes landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Irma is expected to strengthen back into a Category 5 storm before it makes landfall in the United States . Hurricane Irma battered parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas, and forecasters predicted Friday evening the massive storm will strengthen into a

TOPSHOT - A woman stands near damaged homes in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, on September 6, 2017, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. France, the Netherlands and Britain on September 7 sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least 10 people. The worst-affected island so far is Saint Martin, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, where eight of the 10 confirmed deaths took place.  / AFP PHOTO / Lionel CHAMOISEAU        (Photo credit should read LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images) © Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - A woman stands near damaged homes in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, on September 6, 2017, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. France, the Netherlands and Britain on September 7 sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least 10 people. The worst-affected island so far is Saint Martin, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, where eight of the 10 confirmed deaths took place. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel CHAMOISEAU (Photo credit should read LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Hurricane Irma made landfall as a maximum-strength Category Five storm late Friday, US forecasters said, after leaving a trail of death and destruction on a string of Caribbean islands.

At 0300 GMT, the monster storm had made landfall on the communist island's Camaguey Archipelago, with the eye of the storm just 190 kilometers (120 miles) east-southeast of the Cuban city of Caibarien, and 300 miles south-southeast of Miami, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

It had maximum sustained winds of 260 kilometers per hour and was moving west at 20 kilometers per hour, also posing an increasing threat to the US state of Florida.


White House shares, deletes Hurricane Irma video .
White House social media director Dan Scavino shared and then deleted an apparently inaccurate video of Hurricane Irma on Sunday, as the storm continues to carry whipping winds and surging storms across the state of Florida."Sharing [Hurricane Irma] on social media with [President Trump] and [Vice President Pence] hourly. Here is Miami International Airport. STAY SAFE!!" he tweeted.

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