Miami woman delivers baby at home as Irma rages

Palm trees blow in the wind as the effects of Hurricane Irma are felt along Miami Beach, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Doctors were forced to talk a Florida woman through delivering her baby at home while Hurricane Irma's outer bands lashed Miami.

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Storm reaches Florida on September 10, 2017.

The City of Miami said on its Twitter account early Sunday that firefighters couldn't respond in time to the woman in the Little Haiti neighborhood. So doctors from Jackson Health System talked her through the birth of the baby girl at home.

Authorities say firefighters were able to make it to the woman Sunday morning and take her to the hospital after the girl was born.

Miami-Dade fire spokeswoman Erika Benitez said the fire department is responding to calls on a case-by-case basis as strong winds and rain lash the area. They are encouraging residents to stay inside because of downed power lines and debris.

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