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    Hurricane Irma Devastates Caribbean Islands

    It’s far from over. Irma has left death and destruction in its wake after passing over the northern Caribbean Wednesday night. The Category 5 storm damaged 95 percent of Barbuda’s buildings, leaving the island without water or phone service, in a state its prime minister described as “barely habitable.” The death toll is still unknown there, but the Atlantic’s most powerful hurricane in years killed at least eight in the French Caribbean. Irma now hurtles toward the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas, while two other Atlantic storms have been upgraded to hurricane strength.

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