Hurricane Irma pummels Cuba before expected turn to Florida

After battering Cuba early Saturday and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, a dangerous Hurricane Irma is taking aim at south Florida with winds nearing 160 mph as another hurricane follows close behind.

Irma regained Category 5 status overnight, then dropped back to Category 4 early Saturday as thousands of people in the Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands and more than 6 million people in Florida and Georgia were warned to leave their homes. Wind speeds Saturday morning were about 130 mph, a slight decrease from wind speeds overnight.

As of 8 a.m., Irma was about 225 miles south of Miami, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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