Hurricane Irma takes aim at Caribbean, Puerto Rico Video

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We’re getting our first look at hurricane Irma hitting the caribbean islands right now. One of the most powerful storms ever in the atlantic. We want to show you the image of the hurricane from space right now. There it is, it shows the eye of this now category 5 storm. It is moving toward Puerto Rico right now then Florida, states of emergency are already declared and some cities have ordered mandatory evacuations. Officials call this a worst case scenario for the Florida keys. As you can imagine the lines are growing in Florida to get gas and many of those stations, unfortunately, are sold out. People desperate to stock up and hit the road and that’s the highway out of the keys right now. They’re getting out of there. Only one road out of the keys. Our team is spread out across the storm’s path from Puerto Rico to Florida. And our chief meteorologist ginger zee is tracking all the latest. Good morning, ginger. Good morning, George. As that storm, that monster passed over barbuda 108 max sustained winds records, 155-mile-per-hour gusts and the anemometer broke. That’s how strong the storm is now over St. Martin. It’s the type you may not even be able to record because it’s just that strong. The hurricane warnings that extend to Puerto Rico, Turks and caicos could see 15 to 20-foot storm surge. Puerto Rico could see up to 15 inches of rain. The potential for landslides in some of those more hilly mountainous areas and watch as it moves north, the worst side is in the northeast quadrant. That’s why Turks and caicos will take the bankrupt. The Dominican Republic, still touching on a little of Cuba. Sunday into Monday is the timing when the Florida keys and eventually south Florida, Miami could pick up significant storm surge with this type of path taking it directly from south to north up the state of Florida. But, of course, before we get to Sunday into Monday we have a lot to get through. Before it affects potentially South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia it will affect Puerto Rico and that’s where we find our Linzie Janis in San Juan. Reporter: Good morning, local media warning people not to be fooled by this relatively calm start to the day. The life-threatening winds and rain are on the way and the governor here warning the impact could be catastrophic, but right now, Irma is ripping through the island of St. Martin with terrifying force. This morning, winds, rain and fury as…

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