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-Stock futures are down after Thursday's flat close. Investors are digesting an inordinate amount of natural disaster news.
-Irma has now been downgraded to a category 4 hurricane, but it's still extremely powerful as it is about to hit the Bahamas and Cuba. Fourteen people have already been killed by the storm. Miami and much of South Florida are bracing for the worst. Over half a million people have been told to evacuate South Florida, leading to a traffic and fuel shortage nightmare.