The dangerous Category 5 storm is wielding the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. US President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in preparation of Irma.
Irma now upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane which means sustained winds of 280 kph. Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency.
The storm has displaced more than 1 million people, with 46 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston.
The most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 35 and forced thousands of people fleeing for shelter.
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