Hurricane Irma Rips Through Caribbean, Florida Braces for Worst

At least 10 people have died as a result of the Category 5 Hurricane Irma, a storm widely considered to be one of the worst on record. 

Puerto Rico saw heavy winds, rain and power outages but was spared the full brunt of Irma. The islands of Barbuda, Antigua and St. Martin were devastated, with reports of as much as 95 percent of structures damaged on St. Martin.

In Florida, officials have called for mandatory evacuations of four South Florida counties, while many flights have been cancelled. Weather forecasts put Florida in line for a direct hit by early afternoon Sunday.

Univision Chicago anchor Érika Maldonado speaks Thursday afternoon with Phil Ponce via Skype from Miami. We’ll broadcast the conversation at 7 p.m.


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