Heads of state of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking nations call for the development and assistance of countries migrants are fleeing. With about 3,000 migrants at the US border, Tijuana says the city is preparing for an influx that will last months.
Florida's governor warned that all of the state's 20.6 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate. Miami's beaches, normally packed with sun lovers, were deserted.
Considered Atlantic's most powerful storm in a century, Irma churns across the northern islands, packing winds of 295 kph toward St Martin.
Irma now upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane which means sustained winds of 280 kph. Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency.
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