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Hurricane Irma Begins to Batter Florida Keys as Gov. Scott Warns: ‘Leave Now’
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Posted on: September 9th 2017
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The outer bands of Hurricane Irma began to lash the Florida Keys on Saturday and already cut power to nearly 25,000 people, said Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as he warned those in evacuation areas must leave "right this minute."

"The storm is here. Hurricane Irma is now impacting our state," he said at a news conference. "If you've been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now ... not tonight, not in an hour, you need to go right now."Scott cautioned that the deadly storm, which weakened slightly Saturday morning to a Category 3 with 125-mph winds, would cause "life-threatening" surges as high as 12 feet. It was about 175 miles southeast of Key West, according to an 11 a.m. ET National Hurricane Center bulletin.

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