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Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:40

Four Deaths Reported as Hurricane Irma Rakes Caribbean, With Florida Likely in Crosshairs

(TNS) - Floridians hit the highways, scrambled for scarce supplies and hammered plywood over windows as a monster hurricane made landfall in the Caribbean, where it was blamed for at least four deaths.

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes, set a wild, wind-churned course toward Puerto Rico, with the U.S. mainland in its sights, probably over the weekend.

Amid an overnight assault of battering waves and 185-mph winds, two deaths were reported in French island territories, a third in Anguilla, a British territory, and a fourth in Barbuda, part of a tiny independent nation.

In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott implored constituents to obey calls to flee the storm’s path when the time came