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Hurricane Irma Hits Florida

Parts of the city of Miami are under water as Hurricane Irma heads for mainland Florida, triggering storm surges across the south of the state, according to reports.

The category four storm with sustained winds up to 209km/h moved away from the Florida Keys and should make landfall on the west coast in hours.

About 60cm of flood water has been seen in the city's financial district, where one major street resembled a river.

More than 6.3 million people in Florida were told to evacuate, with warnings of a "life-threatening" storm surge.

Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean with at least 27 deaths.

Extreme winds and storm surges continued in the Lower Florida Keys area, which includes Key West.

by RTT Staff Writer

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