Irma, wildfires, 'It': Top 5 things that happened Wednesday

Motorists head north of Key Largo, Fla., on US 1, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Looking to get caught up on the news, fast? Here are the top five things that happened Wednesday, each covered by Sinclair stations across the nation.

1. Hurricane Irma carves path towards Florida

Hurricane Irma made its first landfall in the Caribbean Wednesday as the Category 5 storm made its way towards Florida. With record-breaking 185 mph winds, Irma decimated Barbuda and triggered widespread evacuations in the U.S. The hurricane is expected to reach the mainland by this weekend; Category 1 Hurricanes Jose and Katia are not far behind.

Check with Sinclair's West Palm Beach, Florida-based station WPEC for the latest.

2. Wildfires continue to engulf the West

Wildfires across the western U.S. continued to blaze Wednesday, coating multiple states in ash and smoke. In Oregon, the Eagle Creek Fire merged with the neighboring Indian Creek Fire, swelling to encompass more than 30,000 acres. The blaze is believed to have been started by a 15-year-old boy with fireworks -- who reportedly laughed when a passerby tried to warn him of the dangers.

Check with Sinclair's Portland, Oregon-based station KATU for the latest.

3. Trump cuts deal with Democrats

Looking to raise the federal borrowing limit in order to provide immediate Harvey relief, President Donald Trump reached across the aisle Wednesday to cut a deal with Democratic leaders. The move took some by surprise, as the president seemed to counter Republican leaders who called the deal "ridiculous."

Check with Sinclair's Connect to Congress section for the latest.

4. Future of DACA remains murky

A day afterTrump announced he would be terminating the DACA program, which shelters young immigrants from deportation, Congress began searching for a plausible replacement Wednesday. Across the country, multiple state attorneys general pursued legal action against the president and local politicians expressed their dissent.

Check with Sinclair's Washington, D.C.-based station WJLA for the latest.

5. Stephen King's 'It' about to hit theaters

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel “It” is about to hit theaters. Sinclair movie critic Ryan Painter calls it "top-shelf horror"; across the country, the story's trademark red balloons are already giving certain policemen the creeps.

Check with Sinclair's Entertainment section for the latest.

Follow Eleanor Mueller on Twitter at @eleanor_mueller.

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