Hurricane Irma hits Barbuda and heads to Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico – live
Most powerful hurricane ever recorded over Atlantic Ocean batters Caribbean islands as it moves west with category 5 winds and rains
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Pope Francis’s flight from Rome to Colombia has changed route to avoid Irma, Reuters reports.
The Alitalia aircraft had been expected to fly over Puerto Rico, but will instead shift south and cross the islands of Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad, a Vatican official said.
A new update from the US National Hurricane Center says Irma will hit the northern Leeward Islands this morning, the Virgin Islands later today, and pass near Puerto Rico tonight.