WASHINGTON — Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms on record.
The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean.
The National Weather Service said the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m.
The National Hurricane Center said Irma was maintaining Category 5 strength with sustained winds near 185 mph.
It is expected to remain a Category 4 or 5 for days.
A state of emergency has been declared in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and all of Florida as residents try to prepare for the storm.
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