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Irma, DACA, wildfires: Top 5 things that happened Tuesday

In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. (NOAA via AP)

Looking to catch up on the news, fast? Here are the five most important things that happened Tuesday, covered by Sinclair stations across the nation.

1. Hurricane Irma shatters records

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Tuesday as Hurricane Irma gathered the strength of a Category 5 storm. With 185 mile-per-hour winds, the storm is the most powerful to develop in the Atlantic.

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

2. Trump decides to end DACA

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he intended to phase out President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program -- though he'd give Congress six months to come up with an alternative before ending it completely. In a statement that quickly went viral, former president Barack Obama condemned the move, calling it "cruel."

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

3. Wildfires envelop the U.S. West

A rapidly spreading Oregon wildfire swelled to over 10,000 acres Tuesday, raining ash in parts of Portland and cloaking the rest of the state in smoke. The Eagle Creek fire was one of dozens enveloping the western U.S. in flames, leaving cities from Denver to Seattle in a haze.

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

4. Congress returns to Washington

Tuesday marked the end of Congress' annual August recess, and the lawmakers returned to Washington to face mounting crises nationwide. With just three months left in the year, members of both parties must tackle the debt ceiling, Harvey relief and health care -- among other agenda items.

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

5. Texas begins to rebuild

Texas began the lengthy process of rebuilding Tuesday as floodwaters left over from Hurricane Harvey started finally to recede. While gas prices are still high -- and likely to stay that way -- residents are starting to slowly pick up the pieces of their broken homes.

Check with Sinclair's Beaumont, Texas-based station KFDM for the latest.

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