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Hurricane Irma may have been downgraded to a category two storm, but it’s still leaving a path of destruction as it moves up the state’s west coast.

Power’s been knocked out to more than three million homes and businesses and at least three people have been killed.

Someone who’s witnessed a lot of the chaos is Canberra resident Kirrily Turner – she’s in Florida on uni exchange.


All the students at her university had to evacuate, with some sent to a hurricane-proof hotel, and others forced to sleep in classrooms.


“We were told to wear jeans and shoes to bed in case windows broke and glass shattered on us,” Kirrily said.

“It’s the worst rain I’ve ever seen in my life.”


Kirrily’s also found it next to impossible to stock up on water.

“The thing that was actually freaky leading up to this hurricane was all the supermarkets were completely crazy for five days and never once did I go there that they had water,” she said.

One of Kirrily’s friends even went to Walmart at 2am to buy water, as that was when it was getting re-stocked.

All the water was sold out by 3am.

“Because I live in Canberra, I’m not used to this stuff happening, so I really don’t know what to expect.”

While the winds have eased in some places, authorities fear the storm has only just begun. 

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