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First Images Of Hurricane Irma Ravaging St. Martin Show Alarming Aftermath

Not even a month has passed by since Harvey and already another hurricane is on its possible way to threaten the U.S.

Hurricane Irma, which is already the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic in 12 years, upgraded to a powerful Category 5 storm over Labor Day Weekend putting at risk the Leeward Islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

On September 6, Irma made landfall around 2 a.m. local time in the Caribbean Islands of St. Martin and St. Barthelemy with winds of up to 185 mph and heavy rain, according to The Guardian.

The alarming first images during and after the hurricane speak for themselves:

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Hurricane Irma is also expected to hit north of the Dominican Republic, north of Cuba, and possibly the Florida peninsula at 2 a.m. on Sunday; however, the storms path is uncertain.

As noted by AccuWeather, these are all the possibilities of Irma making landfall in the U.S.

  • A landfall in Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas, and possibly the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
  • If storm goes South, its rain and winds can affect South Florida and the Florida Keys during the weekend.
  • If storm heads more South and West, the Florida Pandhandle may be in danger.

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