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CORRECTED-Trump: Hurricane Irma has "absolutely historic destructive potential"

potential"@ (Corrects first paragraph to say Irma is now Category 4)

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned of Hurricane Irma's destructive potential on Friday as the Category 4 storm headed toward Florida and urged residents in its path to heed government recommendations.

"This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential. I ask everyone in the storm's path to be vigilant and to heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement," Trump said in a videotaped statement. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu)