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Fears & panic in Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm on record to hit the Atlantic Ocean, battered several islands in the northeast Caribbean on Wednesday as it barreled toward Puerto Rico and Florida

Authorities on Thursday ordered more than 650,000 people to evacuate the Miami area as Hurricane Irma churned toward a possible collision with the mainland U.S. and after the Category 5 storm killed at least 11 people in the Caribbean.

Irma—one of the most powerful storms ever recorded over the Atlantic—remained a “potentially catastrophic” storm, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest update.

Irma’s center was recently close to the Turks and Caicos Islands as the storm, packing maximum-sustained winds of 175 miles an hour, headed for the Bahamas.