Hurricane Irma Strengthens to Category 5 Storm as Florida Prepares

Hurricane Irma strengthened Tuesday morning to a Category 5 as it churned toward the Caribbean amid storm warnings, watches and states of emergency in Florida and Puerto Rico — and was expected to near land later in the day.

With its 175 mph winds, Irma was upgraded to an “extremely dangerous” hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said, and forecasted it could become even more powerful in the next two days ahead of reaching the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

via Hurricane Irma Strengthens to Category 5 Storm as Florida Prepares – NBC News

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