At least 2 killed as Hurricane Irma hits Caribbean islands

Residents of Florida have begun preparing for the storm, which forecasters warn will make its way there next week.
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At least two people were killed and two others severely injured when Hurricane Irma hit a string of northern Caribbean islands on Wednesday. A state of emergency was announced in several countries, including Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, which the storm is expected to hit next.

Forecasters warn that Irma is expected to hit Florida and South Carolina next week. Florida Governor Rick Scott said Wednesday, "A storm surge could cover your house. We can rebuild homes, we cannot rebuild your family."

Irma is a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 miles per hour.

Late last month, Hurricane Harvey killed about 60 people and caused as much as $180 billion in damage after hitting Texas.

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