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Updated On: Wednesday, September 20 2017
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Weakened Irma Still 'Extremely Dangerous'

Content by: Voice of America

The National Hurricane Center says Irma is "moving through the southeastern Bahamas as an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane."

Irma was downgraded from a category 5 hurricane early Friday. Weather forecasters say, "some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane during the next couple of days.

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Irma is moving with maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour.

The Hurricane Center says hurricane conditions are expected in northwestern Bahamas Friday night and Saturday and in portions of southern Florida and the Florida Keys Saturday night or early Sunday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane warnings for South Florida and the Florida Keys.

On Thursday, more than half a million people were ordered to leave South Florida as Irma approaches.

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