Hurricane Irma upgraded to dangerous Category 5 storm as Caribbean islands brace for impact

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Monster Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, packing a potentially catastrophic mix of pounding winds, raging surf and rain en route to a possible Florida landfall this weekend.

Irma is expected to become the second powerful storm to thrash the U.S. mainland in as many weeks but its precise trajectory was uncertain. Hurricane Harvey killed more than 60 people and caused as much as $180 billion in damage after hitting Texas late last month.

Source: Hurricane Irma upgraded to dangerous Category 5 storm as Caribbean islands brace for impact

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