Key questions about Hurricane Irma on Saturday

Key questions about Hurricane Irma on Saturday”

In one of the countrys largest evacuations, about 5.6 million people in Florida — more than one-quarter of the states population — were ordered to evacuate and another 540,000 were told to leave the Georgia coast.

Heavy rain and strong winds and big storm surges as far north as Tampa are expected throughout Sunday. "Get off the road". At least 900 sheltered in state institutions, including 300 in a military facility, he said.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for over half a million people in high-risk areas of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Brevard, and Monroe counties, contributing to crowding of the roadways.

Hurricane Andrew in 1992 revealed how lax building codes had become in the country's most storm-prone state, and Florida began requiring sturdier construction. Damage was reported across the province, the station said: roofs torn off, trees downed and power disconnected. Miami is still expected to take a direct hit. There have been reports of huge waves breaking over sea walls, particularly in the fishing village of Caibarien.

The flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 shared a radar image showing the plane heading into San Juan from NY just before noon Wednesday as the swirling storm was set to engulf the island.

Enlarge / A Goes-16 satellite image from 9am ET Saturday shows Irma's interaction with Cuba.

Which other areas have already been hit?

"For five days, we were told it was going to be on the east coast, and then 24 hours before it hits, we're now told it's coming up the west coast", said Jeff Beerbohm, a 52-year-old entrepreneur in St. Petersburg.

Hurricane Irma
Updated forecast track of Hurricane Irma as of 0000 GMT Monday

Barbuda: The small island is said to be "barely habitable", with 95% of the buildings damaged.

Barbuda was left "barely habitable" by the storm, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. Teams are also in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

But even as they were picking up the pieces, stunned locals were getting ready for another major hurricane, Jose, due to reach the north-eastern Caribbean today.

But more devastation is feared to be on its way as Jose follows Irma's path across the Atlantic.

It is following a similar path to Irma and already hampering relief efforts in some of the worst affected areas. The tiny island of Barbuda of about 1,600 inhabitants has been "totally demolished", while 95% of St. Martin-a popular destination with US and European travelers-has been destroyed.

American, Southwest and other USA carriers have put waivers in place allowing customers at dozens of airports in Irma's path to reschedule their travel without paying change fees and, in some cases, the fare difference.

Katia made landfall in eastern Mexico late yesterday - just as the country was grappling with its worst quake in a century - as a Category 1 hurricane.

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