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Miami Beach curfew introduced

September 10, 2017 8:00 AM
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Miami Beach curfew introduced

Hurricane Irma, which has battered the Caribbean causing at least 20 deaths and billions of pounds worth of damage, has its sight firmly on Florida.

With landfall expected at daybreak, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, officials have now introduced a mandatory curfew for civilians.

The curfew has been introduced in the Miami Beach area throughout the next few nights.

Civilians are barred from the area between 8pm and 7am local time - a move which the city’s mayor said would be strongly enforced.

Philip Levine wrote to residents: "While the eye of the hurricane is projected to move toward the Florida Keys and Florida's west coast, we are not in the clear.

"Miami Beach is projected to be on the 'sloppy side' of Hurricane Irma. This brings heavy winds and rains.

"A Tornado Watch has been issued for Miami-Dade County. Heavy rains have already begun.

"We are anticipating 4-6 feet of storm surge flooding and tropical-force winds beginning late this afternoon and into the days to come.

"Please be safe and responsible. The curfew is mandatory and will be strictly enforced by Miami Beach Police Department."

The latest NHC update confirmed Hurricane Irma is now less than 150 miles from Florida.

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