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Latest Updates on Hurricane Irma

Latest Updates on Hurricane Irma

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Posted by Channel 8 Eyewitness News

Latest (Friday evening):

Hurricane Irma is now forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm.

Meteorologists expect Irma to make landfall in the Keys between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. ET on Sunday. Overnight projections of Irma's path showed less of a threat to the Carolinas as the monster storm appeared likely to move directly up the middle of Florida and curve inland.

The National Weather Service's Key West office issued a dire warning in the wake of the updated forecast.

"Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States," Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. "We're going to have a couple rough days."

Irma was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm early Friday morning. As of 8 p.m. ET, the storm was moving west at 12 mph -- with its southwestern eye wall moving over toward the north coast of Cuba -- and was located 315 miles southeast of Miami.

The National Hurricane Center cautioned that Irma is "extremely dangerous," with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, which are strong enough to uproot trees, bring down power poles and rip off the roofs and some exterior walls of well-built frame homes.

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