( CNN) As Floridians cleared supermarkets of bottled water and exhausted gas gushes, beings in the northeast Caribbean were spawning last minute-preparations before potent Hurricane Irma thumped their islands.

Late Tuesday, the massive Category 5 squall was approximately upon islands like Antigua and Barbuda with near-record 185 mph held winds. In its 11 p.m. ET advisory, the US National Hurricane Center said the eye of the hurricane was 50 miles from the two islands.

The center of the whirlwind was moving to the west-northwest at 15 mph.

Space depot gets a look at Hurricane Irma

Sep 5, 2017 at 6:24 am PDT

Airplane wings straight into Hurricane Irma

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