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Hurricane Irma downgraded to Category 2 storm with more destruction on the way

By Marni September 11, 2017
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The storm may have been downgraded but much more destruction is on its way.

Powerful winds caused by Hurricane Irma are hitting southwest Florida today with forecasters warning people in the path of the storm to prepare for “dangerous storm surges” and flash flooding. 

The storm has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 177 kmh uprooting trees and causing crazy amounts of destruction. And there’s plenty more damage to come as the storm moves up to Tampa. There are fears the city isn’t prepared for the massive storm headed its way. 

Even areas that haven’t been hit directly by Irma were left flooded and with downed power lines. 

The Hurricane Centre said:

"The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected… This is a life-threatening situation."

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At least three people have been killed by the hurricane in the US, while one woman was forced to deliver her own baby.

People have also begun looting stores in Fort Lauderdale with police arresting a number of people caught stealing from a sportswear store. 

President Trump has declared a major disaster in Florida, ordering federal funds to help the state. He called the storm “some big monster” from the White House adding, “Right now, we are worried about lives, not cost.”

Irma is one of the most powerful hurricanes ever seen in the Atlantic, killing 28 people in the Caribbean and hitting Cuba with 11 metre waves. Its arrival in the US forced one of the largest evacuations in the country’s history. 

Images: Getty/Joe Raedle/Staff