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Hurricane Irma Hits Lower Florida Keys

Miami:  Hurricane Irma’s eyewall slammed into the lower Florida Keys Sunday, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts.

The eye of the Category 4 storm was 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Key West, bringing winds up to 130 miles per hour and threatening dangerous storm surges.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation!” the National Weather Service in Key West had said, urging those who had not heeded dire warnings to evacuate to take shelter “now to protect your life!”

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