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Hurricane Irma: What has happened and what is coming

Click to play video: 'Miami, Fla. already feeling some effects of Hurricane Irma' Miami, Fla. already feeling some effects of Hurricane Irma
WATCH ABOVE: Global News is in Miami where they're already getting some rain and wind from Hurricane Irma – Sep 9, 2017

After a devastating run through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma is set to hit Florida early Sunday morning.

LIVE UPDATES: Tracking Hurricane Irma’s path

Here is what we know about one of the most powerful storms of the past 100 years:

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Where is it?: After making landfall in Cuba late Friday night, the hurricane is expected to reach the Florida Keys between 5 a.m and 7 a.m. Sunday.

Where has it been? On Tuesday and Wednesday, the storm hammered the northern Leeward Islands including Antigua and Barbuda as well as Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy. It then struck the British Virgin Islands.

On the morning of the 7th, the storm struck Puerto Rico before moving on to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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On Sept. 8, it hit the Bahamas before making landfall in Cuba, very early on Saturday morning.

Strength of storm: Irma has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm after crashing into Cuba with winds upward of 160 km/h. It lost strength as it went over the northern half of the country, with wind speeds having decreased to 125 mph.

The storm is expected to gain strength again as it crosses over the water between Cuba and Florida.

READ MORE: Hurricane Irma now taking aim at Tampa area, Florida’s Gulf Coast

The path of the storm is expected to cross over the Gulf Coast of Florida and then  into Georgia.

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WATCH: Hurricane Irma weakens slightly as it pounds Cuba, expected to strengthen again

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Hurricane Irma weakens slightly as it pounds Cuba, expected to strengthen again – Sep 9, 2017

The hurricane is expected to pour somewhere between 10 to 20 inches of rain over the Florida Keys although some areas could see as much as 25 inches.

Irma is expected to drop between 10 to 20 inches of rain over the Florida Keys, with isolated amounts of 25 inches, through Tuesday night. Those on the Gulf Coast and southeast Georgia are expected to also experience between 8 to 15 inches.

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While the storm is expected to go up the Gulf Coast, eastern areas such as Miami will also have to deal with storm surges and flooding as well.

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How many people had died?: Twenty-two people are confirmed to have died as a result of Hurricane Irma so far.

The dead included 11 on St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the U.S. Virgin Islands, four in the British Virgin Islands and one each on Anguilla and Barbuda.

WATCH: Video shows extent of severe Irma damage suffered by St. Martin

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Video shows extent of severe Irma damage suffered by St. Martin – Sep 9, 2017

Evacuations: Around 6.3 million people asked to evacuate from their homes in Florida. That is close to a third of the state’s 21-million population. A hurricane watch has also been established in neighbouring Georgia where another 640,000 people are expected to evacuate.

READ MORE: Hurricane Irma batters Cuba as millions in Florida rush to evacuate

More than 50,000 people in Florida are seeking shelter in schools, community centres and churches as Hurricane Irma nears the state.

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What’s next: Hurricane Jose is following in Irma’s path.

Meanwhile, another powerful hurricane, Jose, is following in Irma’s path.

Jose is currently approaching the same group of Carribean Islands — Barbuda, Anguilla, St Maarten, St Martin and St Barthélemy – that Irma ravaged.

— With files from Associated Press and Reuters

 

 

 

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