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Florida-bound Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5 at landfall in Cuba
Hurricane Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night as it made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Irma is projected to maintain Category 5 strength when it makes landfall initially across the Keys and then southwest Florida on Sunday morning. Sustained winds past 150 mph in these areas could lead to a swath of catastrophic damage.
“Impacts within the projected path of Irma include life-threatening wind, storm surge and flooding rainfall hazards,” Kottlowski added.
The outer rain bands of Irma moved onshore in southeast Florida on Friday night, bringing wind gusts between 45 and 55 mph.
Conditions will continue to deteriorate rapidly across South Florida, including the Florida Keys, and will turn life-threatening into Sunday. Rain and hurricane-force winds will intensify quickly.
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