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Live: Hurricane-force winds hit the southern tip of Florida

Spencer Platt, Getty Images North America, AFP | Rain and wind sweep over empty roads as Hurricane Irma arrives into southwest Florida on September 10, 2017 in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Hurricane Irma has begun pummeling the southern tip of Florida, threatening almost the entire southeastern US state. Irma is due to hit the mainland in the coming hours. Follow our liveblog for the latest updates.

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  • With maximum winds of 130 mph (210kph), Irma regained category 4 status as it approached the coast of Florida, where it is due to make landfall in the coming hours.
  • Winds of 74 mph have begun lashing southern Florida, causing power outages in several areas. Officials have warned that vast swathes of the state could be submerged by surging waters.
  • Officials in Cuba, which was pummelled by Irma throughout Saturday, have reported "significant damage" but no casualties so far.
  • The hurricane has left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, with at least 24 people killed, including ten deaths across the French Caribbean and six in the British Caribbean territories.
  • Another category 4 hurricane, Jose, continues to threaten Caribbean islands already devastated by Irma.

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