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.
Parts of the Caribbean were preparing for the hurricane while others were counting the cost, with at least 14 dead across the Caribbean.
The dangerous Category 5 storm is wielding the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. US President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in preparation of Irma.
The law passed raises the minimum marriage age to 18 from 16 and removes all exceptions for child marriage, meaning that girls and boys under 18 cannot get married even with the permission of their parents.
The UN warned that the category four Hurricane Matthew could cause the worst humanitarian crisis in Haiti since 2010's devastating earthquake.
Venezuelan Government and opposition hold a secret meeting with foreign mediators to find a way to solve the country's political crisis.
Two tarantulas escaped from a passenger's bag on an Air Transat flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to Montreal, Canada, causing panic on the flight.
'I voted for continuity. Danilo needs another four years to improve safety and work with the schools,' says a resident of downtown Santo Domingo.
Dominican Republic's incumbent leader Danilo Medina is expected to win his fourth consecutive term in office.
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