Irma Whips Up to Category 5, With South Florida in Its Path
BEAST OF A STORM
Hurricane Irma hit Category 5 strength early Tuesday, forecasters declared, warning the approaching storm’s path is putting it on a direct course for South Florida later this week. Weather crews detected winds as high as 175 mph, as Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands officials urged residents to take shelter as the monster storm approached. Irma is the strongest storm on record in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007.