Hurricane Irma heads for Bahamas, Cuba, leaving devastation in its wake
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Hurricane Irma heads for Bahamas, Cuba, leaving devastation in its wake
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Posted on: September 8th 2017
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(CNN) An extremely dangerous Hurricane Irmahurtled toward Cuba and the Bahamas on Friday after leaving a trail of devastation in the Caribbean, while an anxious South Florida and Miami prepared for what could be a major hit by the weekend.

Irma, downgraded to Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph, slammed the Turks and Caicos archipelago early Friday before its powerful core headed between northern Cuba and central Bahamas.

At least 18 people were killed this week as Irma pummeled northern Caribbean islands such as Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands. In Puerto Rico, hundreds of thousands of people -- nearly 70% of the US territory's utility customers -- were left without power, the governor's office said.

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