Irma ‘is going to devastate the United States,’ FEMA chief says


PHOTO: Hurricane Irma forecast tracker.

PHOTO: Hurricane Irma

Hurricane and storm surge warnings for Florida as of early Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Hurricane Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night as it made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Irma’s status as a Category 4 storm was relatively short-lived, having been downgraded from a Category 5 storm early Friday morning.

As of 2 a.m. ET, Irma was about 275 miles south-southeast of Miami and moving about 12 mph toward the west, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Irma remains forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm.