Hurricane Irma is on a path of destruction through the Caribbean. Now officially the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, the eye passed over Barbuda around at 1:47am this morning and maintained it’s Category 5 strength. It has sustained winds near 295-kilometres-per-hour. Irma is heading west-northwest toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida over the weekend.
Air Transat is evacuating all of its travellers out of the Dominican Republic ahead of the arrival of Irma. Yesterday they announced they are sending 10 planes to get travelers out. Seven are heading to Punta Cana, two to Puerto Plata and one to Samana. All aircraft are expected to arrive sometime this morning and passengers should be back in Canada by this afternoon or early evening.
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