Watch as Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean

NASA watching Tropical Storm Jose get organized

Photos posted on social media shows severe flooding in St. Maarten.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the storm's northern eyewall was pounding the island of Anguilla. "So, when we say, 'Go, ' and if we say, 'Go, ' when we say, 'Go, ' it's time to go".

Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour at its core.

Irma may not make landfall, but that doesn't mean the storm won't cause a substantial amount of damage.

Schools, public services and ports have been closed.

"I'm asking everybody as you get prepared, three days of water per person, three days of food".

Two other French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique have been placed under a more moderate alert.

It's still not clear how the storm will affect North Carolina, but forecasters say it will approach South Florida this weekend, and could continue on toward this state. But Modeste says people don't typically evacuate even when the eye of the coming storm is larger than the island.

Jones told a news conference Wednesday in Savannah that it's possible Irma could strike the Georgia coast early next week as a powerful Category 3 or 4 hurricane. On Wednesday morning it was about 40 miles north of Antigua.

"We are expecting to get the full force of the hurricane in around five hours' time, when we will retreat to a concrete wine cellar under the Great House", Branson wrote Wednesday. Long lines formed at gas stations and people pulled shutters out of storage and put up plywood to protect their homes and businesses.

McMaster made the comments during a news conference in Columbia Wednesday afternoon in which he discussed his state of emergency declaration earlier that morning as a precaution well ahead of a possible impact from Hurricane Irma, which he says could be the same strength Hurricane Hugo was when it made landfall in SC on September 22, 1989.

"She's been through hurricanes before in her lifetime, so she knows what to do to cope and all that", Clark said.

A 2-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm, Mr Browne said. That storm was the largest to hit the state and the costliest in U.S. history until hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

The National Weather Service director says his staff is "very anxious about the impact of winds and surge on the Keys" as Hurricane Irma approaches.

So far, CNN reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been deployed to the island.



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