Hurricane Jose seen weakening on Sunday - NHC

Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma began lashing Islamorada in the Florida Keys on Saturday nightMore

Florida is bracing itself as Hurricane Irma hurtles towards the USA state, having left a trail of devastation in its wake over the past few days. He said that more shelters would be opened on Saturday.

Irma has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, but it is expected to strengthen before reaching Florida, it added.

The state's emergency management agency said almost 70,000 people were hunkering down in more than 420 shelters opened in the state.

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Steve and Judith Smith of Orlando fled their mobile home and wound up at their local middle school after all the nearby hotels were sold out.

The storm was not expected to change in intensity overnight before starting to weaken on Sunday, the NHC said.

Mr Trump said all of America grieves for the lives already lost.

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"Eye of Irma beginning to move slowly away from the coast of Cuba while weather is deteriorating in south Florida", where the hurricane is headed, the US National Hurricane Center reported.

Officials imposed a night-time curfew in Miami Beach on the eastern side of the state, which also is expected to feel the wrath of the massive storm whose hurricane-force winds extend more than 100km from its centre.

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