The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean early this morning, churning along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.
Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history. The storm made first landfall today as Category 5. The eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m., the National Weather Service said. Residents said over local radio that phone lines went down. Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighboring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters. Officials warned people to seek protection from Irma’s “onslaught” in a statement that closed with: “May God protect us all.”
Senators looking for ways to help the individual health insurance market will hear from governors and state health insurance commissioners this week. In hearings beginning today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will focus on stabilizing premiums and helping to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
President Trump will speak today at a Mandan refinery in Bismarck, N.D., the White House said Monday. Trump’s speech, which is expected to be focused on tax reform, is scheduled for this afternoon.
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