America Will Confront Hurricane Irma, Others

12 September, 2017, 15:57 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Officials at a coordinating conference call for Hurricane Irma forecast on Saturday at the hurricane centre in Miami Florida

"The good thing about hurricane preps is, like, the storm is bigger, but you have days and days in advance to either get out of Dodge or prepare the house and batten down the hatches", said Justin Sanak, a Largo, Florida, resident.

In Naples, near where Irma made its second landfall in southwest Florida after initially striking the Keys, winds reached as high as 142 miles per hour. Florida Gov. Rick Scott flew over the hard-hit but isolated Keys on Monday and said he saw "devastation" that included boats washed ashore and mobile homes pummeled by the storm.

As for the eastern half of the Florida Peninsula they will experience tropical storm force winds between 50-75mph, rainfall totals in the range of 6-12 inches and storm surge of 2-4 feet.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma is expected to remain powerful as it heads north along the state's Gulf Coast.

As Irma Moves Out of Florida, Neighboring States Prepare For Storm's Impact
The Tampa Bay area feared a direct hit from a major hurricane, but ended up getting more of a sideways swipe from a weakened Irma. Florida's largest utility reported that the storm had knocked out power to almost three-quarters of its customers.

A Capital Region native who recently moved to Florida chose to ride out Hurricane Irma in his new home.

As the storm moves toward Tampa Sunday night, utilities across Southwest Florida show more than 400,000 customers without power.

In usually bustling Miami. residents who hadn't fled the city hunkered down as water rushed in among luxury high rises.and two constructions crains collapsed.

The tropical storm will now move through Alabama and Georgia before making its way up into Tennessee and the Carolinas before finally fizzling out.

Tuesday's First Warning Forecast: Clouds, rain, and wind from Irma
The unsettled weather continues into Thursday with the chance for scattered evening storms and it remains in the low 80s. Cooler temperatures will begin to arrive on Wednesday and we will see an increased chance of rain showers.

The storm did some $20bn to $40bn in damage to insured property as it tore through Florida, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide estimated. A storm surge of 10 feet was recorded in the Keys and a record storm surge was reported in Jacksonville that exceeded the previous high set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.

Authorities on Sunday said that at least 4 people in Florida had died, The New York Times reported.

Over 2.7 million homes were without power Sunday as the storm's 100-plus miles per hour winds toppled power lines and sheared structures in the state.

It headed out to sea causing little additional damage, and was recently downgraded from a category four hurricane.

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Massive 10ft (3.1m) storm surges overwhelmed roads and buildings, and cut off Florida Keys from the mainland.



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