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Power outages reported across South Florida as Irma approaches

12 September, 2017, 08:50 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Irma evacuation expands to cover 1 in 4 Floridians: 'This is your last chance'

Stranded motorists try to get back in their auto after a breakdown as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Florida Keys.

Irma, which first made landfall on Wednesday, has now weakened to a Tropical Depression.

There also is a storm surge warning in effect for South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet, in addition to North Miami Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to the Ochlockonee River.

The storm has been blamed for more than 40 deaths, including six in Florida. Authorities are still surveying damage from the record-breaking storm, and this story will be updated as more details emerge.

Irma evacuation expands to cover 1 in 4 Floridians: 'This is your last chance'

A Key Largo restaurant and bar called Snappers - where Weir had interviewed people on Thursday as the storm was still days away - is now "completely gone", Weir said. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm winds are expected within the area within the next 36 hours.

As of Monday the storm had weakened to a depression, with wind speeds of 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), but it continued to threaten northern parts of the state with flooding.

The forecast path for Hurricane Irma continues to shift west, covering more of North Florida and South Georgia. Fortunately, we got the $15 billion passed, but that's only going to last a few weeks now. "This is the time to stay where you are". St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue has also suspended emergency services due to unsafe weather conditions.

The first one was over the Florida Keys, which Irma hit as a Category 4 hurricane. At the moment Irma is making its slow fateful right turn that will put it on a collision course with Florida's west coast. Petersburg area, once thought to be relatively safe from harm, suddenly found itself in the storm's crosshairs. That risk extended to the coast of Georgia and parts of SC, the hurricane centre said.

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"What happened was the storm continued - after interacting with Cuba - to move west-northwest", Jones said.

Residents in area that had yet to see the worst either evacuated the area or prepared to shelter in place - including animals in Tampa's Busch Gardens.

According to flight-tracking service, FlightAware 3,846 flights were cancelled on Monday.

While considering how the city would react, Buckhorn quoted boxer Mike Tyson, saying, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face".

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"We were the little engine that did it", Murphy told reporters.

"I just hope everybody survived", he said.

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