Irma weakens into a tropical storm but keeps causing misery

13 September, 2017, 00:11 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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Sustained winds of 40-50 miles per hour will have gusts as high as 70 miles per hour along and east of the center of the storm track. During that storm, "I lived the experience of feeling that I was inside a blender", she said.

Hurricane Irma tore through southwest Florida Sunday, bringing down trees and lots of debris in its wake.

Almost 4.5 million homes and businesses across Florida lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.

The storm is expected to remain a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

He said boats were cast ashore, water, sewers and electricity were knocked out, and "I don't think I saw one trailer park where nearly everything wasn't overturned".

FEMA said they had almost 10 million liters of water, more than 5 million meals, 13,000 cots and 41,000 blankets ready to be deployed where needed. "What's going to happen now?" After hearing the storm had shifted further to the west on Sunday morning, he opted to evacuate his home with his wife and head for higher ground an hour northeast in Spring Hill, where they are now staying with friends.

Hurricane Irma is blasting up the west coast of Florida after buffeting the city of Miami, with risky flooding along long stretches of coast. "I know for our entire state, especially the Keys, it's going to be a long road".

The whole of the southern tip of Florida has seen high winds, driving rain and storm surges.

A state of emergency is declared for all of Georgia's 159 counties.

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These tornadoes might be a little weaker, and dissipate faster, than a tornado spawned in, say, the US Central Plains.

Several areas of Jacksonville, Fla. are flooded on Monday after the St. John's River overflowed.

There were no immediate confirmed reports of any deaths in Florida, on top of the 24 people killed during Irma's destructive trek across the Caribbean.

Emera's Tampa Electric utility said the storm could affect up to 500,000 of the 730,000 homes and businesses it serves, and over 180,000 had already lost power.

A hurricane warning and storm surge warning are in effect for all counties south of Hernando and Sumter, and a flash food watch is in effect through Monday morning.

After a Florida evacuee delivered a 2-pound baby at 28-weeks at a south Georgia gas station late Friday, Dr. Mitch Rodriguez said the hospital is setting up other neonatal care areas in case more babies come early.

Forecasters said it could hit the heavily populated Tampa-St.

Other major hubs like Hartsfield-Jackson-Atlanta International Airport are preparing for a direct hit from the weakened storm and are advising customers to check with their airline for possible delays and cancellations over the next two days. Winds should diminish fairly quickly around daybreak Tuesday and into the afternoon as Irma weakens.

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