Irma's 185 miles per hour winds threaten islands across northern Caribbean, Bahamas

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center said forecasters expect the "extremely unsafe core" of the storm to move over or close to Anguilla, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands during the day Wednesday before going near Puerto Rico by Wednesday night.

The storm is expected to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico late Wednesday and Wednesday night. Note: "forecast only goes out 5 days", the agency said on Facebook. "However, it is too soon to specify the timing and magnitude of these impacts".

Officials in the Florida Keys were set to begin mandatory evacuations for visitors on Wednesday morning. We are still in the cone of uncertainty at this point so we need to prepare for a possible impact from this risky storm.

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The City of Miami advised residents living in buildings next to a construction crane to evacuate in the event Irma hits South Florida as a category 5 hurricane.

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Just as people are done focusing on Irma, Tropical Storm Jose is following up behind on a similar path. Jose officially became a tropical storm on Tuesday before noon with winds of 40 miles per hour. "I think everybody has got to assume the you're going to be impacted", he said.

Residents of Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25 and dumped several feet of rain, destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

Your First Alert Weather Team is monitoring powerful Hurricane Irma in the central Atlantic Ocean. Some of the deciding factors include wind speeds, storm surge and rainfall.

The governors of all three regions declared emergency disasters in preparation for Irma, which strengthened to a Category 5 storm Tuesday. A state of emergency allows government at both state and local level to authorize funding and evacuations as needed, as well as activates the state's emergency operations plan.

In the US state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott also declared an emergency across the entire state in order to give local authorities time to prepare for a potential landfall. This declaration would help gain federal assistance and provide funding for emergency protective measures.

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