Powerful Category 5 Hurricane Irma is closing in on the Virgin Islands as nervous Floridians wait and watch.
A recent update from the National Hurricane Center locates Irma about 140 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico and is still packing maximum sustained winds of 185 miles an hour and higher gusts. It continues to move to the west-northwest at 16 miles an hour.
On the forecast track, the hurricane will move over portions of the Virgin Islands very soon, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight and pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic tomorrow.
Direct impacts from wind, storm surge, and rainfall are possible in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula beginning later this week and this weekend.
The French Interior minister says the four "most solid" buildings on Saint Martin shared by France and the Netherlands were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The BBC reports power is out and communications are disrupted.