Hurricane Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday as the core of the storm is lashing Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, winds, and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands.
In Florida, 5.6 million people have been told to leave as the storm approaches. At least 20 people are known to have died so far across the Caribbean.
This is the first time a category five hurricane has hit Cuba in decades.
A hurricane warning is currently in effect in the provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara and Matanzas.
About 50,000 tourists are fleeing or have fled Cuba, with resorts on the north coast now empty, the news agency reports.
Source: International Newspapers