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What we know and don’t know about Hurricane Irma

As of Thursday morning, Irma is still a Category 5 hurricane with winds of about 180 mph. Irma is one of three active hurricanes in the Atlantic right now.

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Where is she?

— Irma is off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic

— The center of the storm will pass north of Hispaniola later Thursday

— Irma will be near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening. The Bahamas ordered evacuations for six of its southern islands:

  • Mayaguana
  • Inagua
  • Crooked Island
  • Acklins
  • Long Cay
  • Ragged Island

Destruction so far

— Irma ravaged Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands

— 10 deaths have been confirmed: Six on St. Martin, two on St. Barthélemy, one on Barbuda and one on Anguilla

— Barbuda’s Prime Minister says the island is barely inhabitable — 95% of its buildings are damaged

— Puerto Rico was not directly impacted, but strong winds and torrential rains left hundreds of thousands without power and more than 56,000 without water

Will Irma hit Florida?

— We still don’t know how Irma will impact the mainland US, but models show it could be near Florida’s east coast by late Sunday. Florida is under a state of emergency.

— Officials have already ordered some evacuations. So far, evacuation zones include:

  • Monroe County
  • Miami-Dade
  • Broward
  • Palm Beach

— North Carolina and South Carolina are also preparing. Both are under states of emergency.

Record-breaking storm

— Irma has maintained wind intensity above 180 mph longer than any storm in Atlantic basin history