Irma marches past Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, power practically undiminished and destruction in her wake, growing more likely to reach Florida by Sunday.

Irma is now the strongest hurricane to grow out of the Atlantic Basin, outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, capable of sustained winds up to 185 miles per hour and moving west at about 16 miles per hour.

Two deaths in the Caribbean are now attributed to Irma. Florida's governor has ordered about 200,000 residents to evacuate.

Meanwhile, as hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Harvey survivors wait, the House of Representatives sent an $8,000,000 relief package to the Senate for consideration. It's expected to be the first of several relief bills.

Satellite view of Hurricane Irma on Tuesday morning
Satellite view of Hurricane Irma on Tuesday morning (NHC)

For much of the US. Hurricane Harvey's most persistent reminder is the dramatic spike in gasoline prices. Patrick DeHaan of predicts a ceiling point in the next several days, with a week or more of unsteadiness afterward.
A caretaker who reported a disabled man missing in Monmouth's Ocean Township is charged with neglect. Police said that they helped Conejo Graham find the 65-year-old, who had gone to West Long Branch under his own power. They alleged that Graham left him alone in a car for more than an hour while he was inside his house.

Someone went to church in Toms River Sunday, and broke into a donation box for the cash inside. Police issued photos of the man they want for questioning in the incident at Christ Episcopal Church. See the images in the story on our web page.

Burlington County authorities, the FBI and Maple Shade police offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who killed a Maple Shade mom and her son in their apartment in March. Sasikala and Anish Narra died of slash wounds to their necks, according to autopsy results. No one has been arrested.

The new Chief of Detectives in the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has a wealth of prior experience as the acting Chief in Union County. John McCabe of Hazlet steps into the spot vacated by the retiring Michael Pasterchick, Jr.

Belmar says buh-bye, big tents. The Borough Council banned beach spreading Tuesday night, limiting tents and canopies to three feet in height from sand level. Mayor Matt Doherty led the effort, saying that the tent syndrome ate up space and blocked views of the ocean.

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