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Hurricane Irma: Gun owners in Florida plan to 'shoot down' hurricane

Hurricane Irma: Gun owners in Florida plan to 'shoot down' hurricane

As per reports, it was too soon to assess the hurricane's overall impact on coastal communities, authorities were aware of damage to some homes and electric lines.

Irma was expected to rip through Florida's southern archipelago on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm, the second-highest designation on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

GoFundMe is hosting dozens of crowdfunding campaigns which have been launched by individuals hit by the storm, or by those who want to help.

Social workers and police officers on Friday offered the homeless still remaining in Miami the option of either staying in a storm shelter or being held against their will for mental health evaluation.

With Hurricane Irma churning toward Florida on Friday, many people in Homestead prepared to hunker down in houses that are substantially more fortified than those that were swept aside when Hurricane Andrew came ashore in 1992.

Hurricane Irma, now a Category 3 storm with 125-mile winds, is barreling along the coast of Cuba and heading toward Florida.

After that, Irma is expected to head through Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Miami is still expected to take a direct hit.

"If you are planning to leave and do not leave tonight, you will have to ride out this extremely unsafe storm at your own risk", Scott said.

As forecasts began shifting west, taking the storm up the center of the state, evacuations increased to eventually cover almost 20 counties.

NBC 6 South Florida is reporting that tropical-storm-level winds (classified as 39 miles per hour and higher) are now being felt in Key West and Miami. That's an "insurance industry nightmare" as every county in the state could see damaged roofs and power outages so vast it overwhelms fix efforts, said Chuck Watson, a Savannah, Georgia-based disaster modeler with Enki Research.

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"This is a storm that will kill you if you don't get out of the way", National Hurricane Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said.

"Not only did we go west, but so did Irma".

The event, titled "Everybody Points Their Fans At The Hurricane To Blow It Away", has gathered over 59,000 confirmed participants. "Now is the time to evacuate".

France said at least 10 had been killed across its Caribbean territories with seven more missing. Travel to and from St. Martin has been temporarily halted until the storm subsides. "It is an enormous disaster", Daniel Gibbs, the chairman of a local council on Saint Martin, told Radio Caribbean International.

One person died in tiny Barbuda, where 30 percent of properties were demolished and the entire island has been evacuated. "I am in shock".

With winds that peaked at 185 miles per hour, Irma was once the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic. "It's bad luck for whoever is in its path, but that's what going on here".

Authorities on Barbuda - one of the two islands that make up the nation of Antigua and Barbuda - have only begun to measure the damage caused when Irma struck the island as a powerful Category Five hurricane overnight Tuesday to Wednesday.

Florida's Division of Emergency Management said Saturday that officials have issued a mix of mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders to 6.3 million residents.

Storm conditions are also being monitored at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

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