Hurricane Irma Lashes Through the Caribbean

Record-breaking Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean, going from 185 mph to 150 mph winds by Friday morning. Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning.

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Residents walk near downed power lines felled by Hurricane Irma, in Caibarien, Cuba, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.
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Strong waves brought by Hurricane Irma hit the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba, late Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.
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Damages caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Villa Clara province, 330km east of Havana, on Sept. 9, 2017.
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A boy walks in a water from his home which was flooded by rains brought on by Hurricane Irma, in Fort-Liberte, Haiti, Friday Sept. 8, 2017. Irma rolled past the Dominican Republic and Haiti and battered the Turks and Caicos Islands early Friday with waves as high as 20 feet.
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This photo provided on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Virgin Gorda's Gun Creek in the British Virgin Islands. Irma scraped Cuba's northern coast Friday on a course toward Florida, leaving in its wake a ravaged string of Caribbean resort islands strewn with splintered lumber, corrugated metal and broken concrete.
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This photo provided by Caribbean Buzz shows boats clustered together after Hurricane Irma Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
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Lucita Leonce 71, stands in front of her home flooded by heavy rains brought on by Hurricane Irma, in Fort-Liberte, Haiti, Friday Sept. 8, 2017. Irma rolled past the Dominican Republic and Haiti and battered the Turks and Caicos Islands early Friday with waves as high as 20 feet.
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Juan Negron, right, prepares to start up a power generator in front of what is left of his damaged property, after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. About a million people were without power in the U.S. territory after Irma passed just to the north, lashing the island with heavy wind and rain. Nearly 50,000 also were without water.
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A post office is heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Hurricane Irma weakened slightly Thursday with sustained winds of 175 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm boasted 185 mph winds for a more than 24-hour period, making it the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
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A home is surrounded by debris brought in by Hurricane Irma in Nagua, Dominican Republic, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Irma flooded parts of the Dominican Republic when it roared by Thursday, just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti.
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Damage is left after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Hurricane Irma battered the Turks and Caicos Islands early Friday as the fearsome Category 5 storm continued a rampage through the Caribbean that has killed a number of people, with Florida in its sights.
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Neighbors clear debris from the road in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Hurricane Irma weakened slightly Thursday with sustained winds of 175 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm boasted 185 mph winds for a more than 24-hour period, making it the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Hurricane Irma approaches Samana, Dominican Republic, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least several dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees.
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Kids have dinner at a shelter in a local church during the evening before the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Dominicans wait for the arrival of Hurricane Irma after it lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm.
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 photo, a man looks at a vehicle turned upside down by winds brought on by Hurricane Irma in the British overseas territory of Anguilla. Irma scraped Cuba's northern coast Friday on a course toward Florida, leaving in its wake a ravaged string of Caribbean resort islands strewn with splintered lumber, corrugated metal and broken concrete.
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A man covers a bodega's windows before the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Dominicans are getting ready for the arrival of Hurricane Irma after battering Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds, leaving more than 600,000 people without power as authorities struggle to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm.
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The heavy rains and wind of hurricane Irma cross through the northeastern part of the island in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The US territory was first to declare a state of emergency las Monday, as the National Hurricane Center forecast that the storm would strike the Island Wednesday.
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Julio Feliciano, left, and Adrian Colon both rescue staff members from the Municipal Emergency Management Agency toured the streets of the Matelnillo community searching for citizens in distress during the passage of hurricane Irma through the northeastern part of the island in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The US territory was first to declare a state of emergency las Monday, as the National Hurricane Center forecast that the storm would strike the Island Wednesday.
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St. Martin is seen shredded by Hurricane Irma in a photo taken by Jonathan Falwell on Sept. 6, 2017. Falwell, who took his wife to St. Martin for a surprise anniversary trip, said there were "no power, no water, everything destroyed."
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St. Martin is seen shredded by Hurricane Irma in a photo taken by Jonathan Falwell on Sept. 6, 2017. Falwell, who took his wife to St. Martin for a surprise anniversary trip, said there were "no power, no water, everything destroyed."
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St. Martin is seen shredded by Hurricane Irma in a photo taken by Jonathan Falwell on Sept. 6, 2017. Falwell, who took his wife to St. Martin for a surprise anniversary trip, said there were "no power, no water, everything destroyed."
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St. Martin is seen shredded by Hurricane Irma in a photo taken by Jonathan Falwell on Sept. 6, 2017. Falwell, who took his wife to St. Martin for a surprise anniversary trip, said there were "no power, no water, everything destroyed."
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Debris ripped from buildings by Hurricane Irma is seen on the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
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People survey the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma on the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
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Aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on Sept. 6, 2017, shows the extent of the damage Hurricane Irma left behind in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Martin. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St. Martin.
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Aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on Sept. 6, 2017, shows the extent of the damage Hurricane Irma left behind in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Martin. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St. Martin.
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Debris is seen during a storm surge near the Puerto Chico Harbor during the passing of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
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A man drives through rain and strong winds during the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Sept. 6, 2017. The U.S. territory was first to declare a state of emergency last Monday.
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A rescue team from the local emergency management agency inspects flooded areas after the passing of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
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A rescue team from the local emergency management agency inspects flooded areas after the passing of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellite captured close-up imagery of the Category 5 storm over the Caribbean on Sept. 6, 2017.
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A woman looks outside from a shelter set up at the Berta Zalduondo elementary school during the passage of Hurricane Irma in Fajardo, northeastern Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Heavy rain and high winds lashed Puerto Rico’s northeast coast Wednesday as Hurricane Irma roared through Caribbean islands.
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People stand near the shore before the arrival of Hurricane Irma, in luquillo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola.
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Motorists head north on US 1, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Key Largo, Florida, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Keys officials announced a mandatory evacuation Wednesday for visitors, with residents being told to leave the next day.
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Carla Perroni Aguilera of Miami Beach, Fla., holds a cart as her husband Ronald Aguilera and her father Joe Perroni load sheets of plywood at The Home Depot store in North Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Florida residents are preparing for the possible landfall of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history.
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A fisherman brings his boat ashore as a precaution against Hurricane Irma, in the seaside slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Heavy rain and 185-mph winds lashed the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico's northeast coast Wednesday as Hurricane Irma roared through Caribbean islands. The northern parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti could see 10 inches of rain.
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Vehicles are lined up at a gas station in hopes of getting gas to prepare for Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017, in Doral, Florida.
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People put up shutters as they prepare a family members house for Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017, in Miami, Florida.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott gives an update to the media regarding Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017 in Doral, Florida.
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