Hurricane Irma now powerful Category 5 storm, Florida declares state of emergency

Hurricane Irma continued to strengthen Tuesday as an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 storm, prompting states of emergency in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida, sending residents to stores to prepare for the worst.

Irma’s maximum sustained winds had increased to near 180 mph, and the storm was located about 225 miles east of Antigua, moving west at 14 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. ET advisory.

Source: Hurricane Irma now powerful Category 5 storm, Florida declares state of emergency

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