The 400-mile-wide storm made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning and is moving slower than forecast, adding to concerns of deadly flooding

Hurricane Irma began a slow passage over Florida on Sunday, lashing low-lying western regions with winds of up to 130mph and threatening record storm surges and flooding which, one of the state’s senators said, could represent a “worst-case scenario that meteorologists and emergency planners dread”.

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