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Cuba evacuates 700,000 as Hurricane Irma nears

Society 08.09.2017 | 12:15
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HAVANA, 8 September (BelTA - Xinhua) - Some 700,000 people have been evacuated from Cuba's northeastern coast as Hurricane Irma barrels westward across the Caribbean.

"The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas," said the statement from Cuba's weather service.

Irma's maximum sustained winds remain at 280 km/h with higher gusts making it a potentially catastrophic tropical cyclone.

The hurricane's outer bands were expected to unleash pounding rain on Cuba's eastern provinces of Guantanamo and Holguin on Thursday night, along with tropical storm force winds and waves that could reach 6 to 8 meters high.

Cuba's Civil Defense declared a hurricane warning for all eastern provinces and the central territory of Ciego de Avila, and urged all governments and civilian groups to complete their preparations for the superstorm.

More than 10,000 tourists vacationing in the island have already been evacuated or flew home.

Irma has left a wake of devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least 15 people and damaging homes and other infrastructure in Antigua and Barbuda, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

The unusually powerful storm is the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic.

After grazing northern Cuba, Irma is expected to hit the U.S. state of Florida.

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