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Foreign Ministry issues travel warning for western Caribbean, Florida

Foreign Ministry issues travel warning for western Caribbean, Florida

The hurricane is projected to make landfall in Florida Sunday.

The centre recommended that residents of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida monitor the storm's development.

Ahead of the storm preparation are being made and evacuations are expected to begin.

In Florida, many parts of the state in the south including the highly-populated area of Miami-Dade are being evacuated.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). The official forecast has shifted eastward, calling for it to make landfall in South Florida between 96 to 120 hours.

Considering the size of the current Category 5 hurricane, severe weather will be possible far from the center of circulation.

But as Hurricane Irma-now one of the most powerful storms in the Atlantic-tracks toward the United States, predictions are beginning to point it toward Georgia.

Meet Katia. The latest named system of the Atlantic hurricane season formed this morning as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche.

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The storm is moving east-southeast at 5 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Hurricane Irma is headed for the Caribbean, just days after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas killing at least 65.

Following the mass devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in the southern states of the USA, residents in the Caribbean are now bracing themselves for Hurricane Irma, which is heading their way.

Ever the activist, Branson also used his blog to warn of the dangers of climate change and its contribution to the increasing intensity of hurricanes.

In the US, Florida's Key West area has ordered a mandatory evacuation.

As frantic residents stockpiled emergency supplies, the Government froze prices on necessities, including food and water, medicines, power generators and batteries. "The odds of [a Category 4 hitting Miami] event are clearly now much greater than 1 in 100 given the path and size of the storm".

No watches or warnings are now in effect for Katia, but the NHC says a tropical storm watch could be required for the Mexican state of Veracruz later Wednesday.