Hurricane Irma approaching Leeward Islands

Officials across the northeastern Caribbean have cancelled airline flights, shuttered schools and urged people to hunker down indoors as Hurricane Irma barrels toward the region as a powerful Category 4 storm.
    
The storm is expected to strengthen more before nearing land on the Leeward Islands late tonight.
    
Puerto Rico, the U-S Virgin Islands and Florida have all declared states of emergency preparing for the storm's arrival throughout the week.