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rricane Irma lashing through a string of Caribbean islands, shredding boats and buildings in Saint Martin, tossing cars in St. Barts, and knocking out power in most of Puerto Rico. At least ten people dead from its brutal wrath. One of the most powerful storms in a century also moving through the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
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Reuters Makini Brice is in the city of Cap-Haitien in the north of Haiti, where we spoke with her as residents were bracing for Irma's force.>> Authorities have tried to get the word out about this hurricane through various means specifically radio spots, billboards, social media. And it's not clear yet whether people are actually heeding authorities' warnings.
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Authorities said that there were only seven families who were in a shelter.>> Irma's eye also forecast to pass over the Turks and Caicos, a British territory. Prime Minister, Theresa May, fielding criticism for not moving fast enough to protect the UK's Caribbean Islands, including Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.
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>> We have taken action. We moved swiftly. There are UK people. We have people on the ground. $32 million pounds has been released. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, RFA Mounts Bay is in position providing assistance from Royal Marines and army engineers and a task group, military task group is on its way on HMS Ocean with several hundred UK troops.
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>> The Bahamas and Cuba also in its path, the latter evacuating many of its 51,000 tourists, more than half of them at resorts on the picturesque northern coast, expected to be the worst hit. Tens of thousands already fleeing Florida, where Irma is expected to make landfall this weekend.
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Two more storms lurking behind Irma. Hurricane Jose lies roughly 800 miles east of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles Islands and could eventually hit the US mainland, while Hurricane Katia swirls in the Gulf of Mexico, but currently poses no threat to the United States.