Gap Fill - Hurricane Irma - Level 6


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A record-breaking hurricane is causing and destruction as it passes through the Caribbean and heads towards the U.S. of Florida. On Thursday, Hurricane Irma caused devastation across the Caribbean of Barbuda, St. Martin, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands. The Prime Minister of Barbuda, Gaston Browne, said about 95 per cent of the buildings on the island had suffered damage. He said: "It's devastation. The island is under water….Barbuda is barely ." A government official for St Martin said: "There is destruction. We'll concentrate our first efforts so that in the next hours, people can get to food and drinking water."

Hurricane Irma is a 5 storm – the strongest on the 1-5 scale of hurricanes. It is the strongest hurricane ever to be recorded and the strongest recorded east of the Caribbean Sea. Irma has kept a wind close to 300kph for more than 24 hours. This is the longest ever recorded. Meteorologists said Hurricane Irma was over 1,200km . It is likely to become a Category 4 hurricane when it makes in Florida on Saturday morning. Florida have already ordered a mandatory of Florida Keys - the southern part of the state of Florida. Residents there are bracing themselves for winds of up to 300kph and massive and damaging storm .

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