Nervous residents braced for the arrival of Hurricane Irma — already one of the strongest storms ever recorded and currently carrying 185 mph winds. The Category 5 storm is churning toward the Caribbean and expected to make landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday. Irma could also sweep across Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos, the National Hurricane Center warned. It was expected to reach Florida later in the week. In Puerto Rico, there were already long lines at gas stations in Gurabo. The small city 45 minutes southeast of the capital San Juan is predicted to be in the path of the monster storm.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.