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Trump: Hurricane Irma has "absolutely historic destructive potential"

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned of Hurricane Irma's destructive potential on Friday as the Category 5 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)