Residents of the Cuban municipality of Caibarien are prepared for Irma after it devastated a string of Caribbean islands and left at least 10 dead in its wake thus far.
Cuba started evacuating residents and some of the 51,000 tourists visiting the island, particularly 36,000 people at resorts on the northern coast, most of them Canadians.
Irma was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and one of the five most forceful storms to hit the Atlantic basin in 82 years.
And in a new development, former U.S. presidents are not keeping quiet but rather joining forces to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter aim to help rebuild some of the thousands of homes and businesses destroyed from Texas to Louisiana.
The presidents will launch “One America Appeal,” to start collecting funds with a plea broadcast during its National Football League season opener.
Funds raised by the appeal will be distributed to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, which focuses on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund, which will assist communities across the state.