(VIDEO) HURRICANE IRMA DEATH TOLL RISES TO 10 IN CUBA

Cuba has confirmed that Hurricane Irma killed 10 people over the weekend. It takes the death toll in the Caribbean to 38. Rescuers say some died after ignoring evacuation orders.

Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida early on Sunday, belting the southern US state with wind gusts of up to 240km per hour while threatening massive tidal surges.




Here are some fast facts on the most powerful storm to hit Florida in decades.

Where has it been so far?

Hurricane Irma began life as a tropical wave near the Cape Verde Islands on August 30. It then made its way across the Atlantic and caused catastrophic damage in the northern Leeward Islands before heading for the far north of Cuba.

How dangerous is this storm?

At its peak, its winds were around 298km per hour. It is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Irma was the first Category 5 storm to affect the northern Leewards.




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