Hurricane Irma slams into the Caribbean

ABC News' Linzie Janis reports from San Juan, Puerto Rico where sustained winds of 55 mph were just a hint of the devastation seen across the Caribbean.
1:05 | 09/07/17

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it's one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the atlantic, and it just slammed into the caribbean. ABC's linz yoie Janis is right there. Reporter: The eye of hurricane Irma just passed us in San Juan about 50 miles to the north off the coast. That's a little further away than was expected. But we are just now feeling safe enough to come outdoors. We have been experiencing suss Tai sustained winds of 55 miles per hour with gusts of 70 miles per hour. There has been a lot of rain. Some areas predicted to get 20 inches by the time this is done. Hurricane Irma has already devastated much of the caribbean. At least three people are dead. Authorities in barbuda and St. Martin are recording that more than 90% of those islands are damaged or destroyed. Cars seen floating through the streets. Buildings shredded. Terrified tourists riding out the storm there. Here in San Juan the governor has said the impact of this storm could be catastrophic. Already nearly 1 million people are without power. And it isn't over yet. Dan? Our thanks to Linzie Janis. Linzie, please stay safe. We will continue to track hurricane Irma all week here on ABC news.

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