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Hurricane Irma batters Bahamas and Haiti as Florida evacuates – latest updates
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Hurricane Irma batters Bahamas and Haiti as Florida evacuates – latest updates

by firstsource newsSeptember 8, 2017

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says the runway on St Maarten has been cleared and first aid flight has arrived.

In a Facebook update he said there has been enormous destruction and upheaval on the Franco-Dutch island.

“We’ve been able to clear the runway at the airport and a first plane has landed. Our troops have been able to unload supplies at the port. We are now trying to get as much food, water and medicine as possible in the shortest possible time.

We need to hurry because the next hurricane is coming. The latest reports are that hurricane José is less powerful and Sint Maarten and will pass further from the island. That is some good news in all the misery. But we are prepared for everything and will keep an eye on the situation. We won’t abandon St Maarten.”

#BREAKING Looting situation ‘serious’ in hurricane-hit St Martin: Dutch PM

Video – plunderingen op Sint-Maarten na orkaan Irma. https://t.co/33ype6UZN2 pic.twitter.com/X0PXgMeZ7o

Here’s the slightly adjusted track and timings of impact from the latest update. Miami still lies directly in its path.

Those in central Florida have been warned to expect category tow strength winds of up to 110mph at the weekend.

Tropical storm winds are likely to arrive in the FL Keys and south FL Saturday. Preparations should be rushed to completion. #Irma pic.twitter.com/eto2KVWtgP

9/8 5AM Tropical Update: #Irma is an extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Hurricane Warning in effect for all of South Florida! #FLwx pic.twitter.com/D7eEA3WZw8

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