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As Irma's bulls-eye shifts from Miami to Tampa and Keys, meteorologists warn of 'life-threatening' conditions across Florida

As Irma's bulls-eye shifts from Miami to Tampa and Keys, meteorologists warn of 'life-threatening' conditions across Florida

The outer bands of Hurricane Irma, weakened by a blow to Cuba but still life-threatening, reached the Florida Keys late Saturday, with heavy squalls embedded with tornadoes sweeping the southern part of the state, as fears of devastation shifted from metropolitan Miami to another vulnerable population center around Tampa Bay.

Local, state and federal officials have called on residents and visitors to evacuate Miami Beach and other Atlantic Coast resorts for days, but as Tampa found itself in Irma’s cross hairs, many on Florida’s Gulf Coast were caught off guard.

“For five days, we were told it was going to be on the East Coast, and then 24 hours before it...

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