- Title: Hurricane Irma lashes Puerto Rico
- Date: 6th September 2017
- Summary: LUQUILLO, PUERTO RICO (SEPTEMBER 6, 2017) (REUTERS) WAVES CRASHING ON SHORE, TREES BLOWING IN THE WIND WAVES CRASHING ON SHORE CARS DRIVING ON ROAD NEXT TO BEACH TREES BLOWING IN THE WIND, PAN TO ROAD WAVES CRASHING ON SHORE FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO (SEPTEMBER 6, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WAVES CRASHING ON PROMENADE VIEW OF BUILDINGS BARLEY VISIBLE THROUGH RAIN, PAN TO WAVES CRASHING FALLEN TREE ON SIDE OF ROAD WIND AND WAVES, PAN TO FALLEN TREE WAVES CRASHING ON SMALL PIER CHILDREN INSIDE SHELTER FEET OF SLEEPING MAN VARIOUS OF MAN SLEEPING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DISPLACED WOMAN, LURI VERA DE ORZIN, SAYING: "I'm simply praying and asking God to detour her." DISPLACED CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN SHELTER MAN SLEEPING ON COT
- Embargoed: 20th September 2017 21:13
- Keywords: Hurricane Irma Puerto Rico heavy rains and winds people in shelters
- Location: LUQUILLO AND FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO
- City: LUQUILLO AND FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO
- Country: Puerto Rico
- Topics: Environment,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA0016XGN807
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hurricane Irma began lashing Puerto Rico with rain at mid-morning on Wednesday (September 6) as residents heeded the governor's warning to stay inside as the storm bore down on the island.
Potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma clobbered Caribbean islands with pounding winds, rain and surging surf on Wednesday as officials in Florida called for evacuations ahead of the storm's expected landfall there this weekend.
The eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km. per hour), was passing over the northernmost Virgin Islands on Wednesday afternoon after crossing the half-French, half-Dutch island of St. Martin, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Category 5 is its highest category.
On its current path the core of Irma, which the Miami-based center said was the strongest Atlantic storm on record, was expected to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico on Wednesday before scraping the north coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday (September 7).
Irma ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the last 80 years and the strongest Atlantic storm recorded by the NHC outside the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
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