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Irma could make landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm

Hurricane Irma could make landfall in the Florida Keys with winds at 160 miles per hour, making it a Category 5 storm, according to the latest forecast.

But Friday at 8 p.m., Irma remained a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 miles per hour and its eyewall moving over the north coast of Cuba. Roughly 5.6 million Floridians have been told to evacuate, according to Andrew Sussman, the state?s hurricane program manager.

Where the storm will make landfall in Florida remains uncertain, but the latest forecast suggests Irma is heading west ? and away from the heavily populated coast of Miami.

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elmercuriodechile.com
On its projected track, Irma could make landfall somewhere in the Middle Keys early Sunday morning with potentially catastrophic winds, then continue toward the Southwest coast.

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economiavenezuela.com
The risk for flood-prone Tampa Bay is profound and the area is under a storm surge warning.

But there is still plenty of time for a wobble or shift in course and tracks can have an 80- to 90-mile margin of error two days out, National Hurricane Center forecaster Mike Brennan said.

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elnewyorktimes.com
So the Southeast coast remains very much in play for serious damage.

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