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Irma weakens very slightly, drops just 10km/h making it a strong Cat 4 storm

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Update 9:39pm --- As we head into Sunday NZT Hurricane Irma has weakened very slightly, due to interacting with Cuba's landmass. The weakening is very small - dropping just 10km/h overall with sustained winds - but enough to drop to Category 4. 


#Irma makes landfall in #Cuba, but regains Category 5 power

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UPDATED 3:45pm Saturday NZT --- Hurricane Irma is skirting north Cuba with the eye making landfall there a short time ago - incredibly, the interaction with Cuba has not weakened the system with Irma also regaining power back to Category 5, as we mentioned this morning.


NZ Civil defence issues beach and marine tsunami warning after Mexico earthquake

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***UPDATED 11am hour Saturday - ALL NEW ZEALAND WARNINGS/THREATS NOW CANCELLED***

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#Irma: Miami 'in the worst possible position'

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The National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for South Florida. The warning extends from Jupiter Inlet on the east coast of the state, southward around the Florida Peninsula to Bonita Beach on the west coast. The warning included the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay.

VIDEO with Philip Duncan: Spring blast for NZ and Hurricane Irma turns deadly

We’re tracking two systems again today, the classic spring blast around New Zealand and Category 5 Hurricane Irma which is churning through the Caribbean.

Firstly, in New Zealand the next two days will see more of the same - rain and showers in the west of both islands with isolated squalls, hail and thunder, most likely on the West Coast.


Hurricane Irma: Powerful storm blamed for 3 deaths, 90% of Barbuda destroyed

Hurricane Irma is battering the northern Virgin Islands and hurtling toward Puerto Rico after smashing a string of small northern Caribbean islands, where at least three people were killed. CNN is reporting that up to 90% of Barbuda (an island Irma directly hit last night) has been destroyed.


Category 5 Hurricane Irma makes landfall, Absolutely stunning pressure drop

Hurricane Irma has made landfall in the Caribbean Islands as an historical Category 5 hurricane (and is still tracking towards Florida) - the island it made landfall on is tiny and will not impact the power of the storm.

A short time ago Irma crossed the island of Barbuda, home to around 2000 people. 

Incredibly, the air pressure fell 50hPa (millibars) in just one hour.


Double Forecast Video: Rough weather for NZ + Category 5 Hurricane Irma heading to Florida

We have a double record today, an in depth look at the typical spring blast of weather around New Zealand plus we extend on and cover historic Cat 5 Hurricane Irma as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean with 300km/h winds sustained and is aiming for Florida.
 
But first, New Zealand’s dealing with thunderstorms, isolated tornados and heavy downpours as big westerly blast

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Irma nears eastern Caribbean islands

Category 5 Hurricane Irma has become one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic, and is threatening to slam into Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with "potentially catastrophic" force on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.


A third of Bangladesh under water as flood devastation widens

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In rural areas across northern Bangladesh families are preparing to mark Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest dates on the Muslim calendar.