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Scenes of Hurricane Irma lashing Florida

12 September, 2017, 15:18 | Author: Jeff Stephens
  • Gov. Nathan Deal issues state of emergency for 6 coastal counties ahead of Hurricane Irma

The city's Memorial Park has turned into an unrecognizable lake. "Everybody has got to be patient as we work through this". "Meaning they (come) on shore, pushing water up onto the beaches".

"It wasn't supposed to be like this", CNN correspondent Sara Sidner said from Daytona Beach. "This is when we are Tampa strong".

Residents and holidaymakers were ordered to stay indoors until the storm had passed, with many Brits left holed up in apartments or hotel rooms.

All flood watches and a tropical storm warnings have been suspended for the Treasure Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

US President Donald Trump has directed the full resources of the federal government to help Florida and other states hit by Hurricane Irma and has "great concern" about the storm as it batters the Florida coast, his vice president said on Sunday.

That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.

Large debris is blocking access, and a 150-foot stretch "has some buckling", Newman said.

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"There's no electricity throughout the Keys".

Authorities plan to fly over the Keys on Monday, officials said.

With about 3 million people, the Tampa Bay metropolitan area is the second-most populous in the state. FEMA chief Brock Long said some places won't have electricity for weeks.

Maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and moving north-northwest at 17 miles per hour.

Of the total US deaths from injuries linked to Irma so far, at least six were in Florida and one was in Georgia.

Close to 600,000 homes and businesses were without power as of Sunday morning, according to utilities.

Massive 10ft (3.1m) storm surges overwhelmed roads and buildings, and cut off Florida Keys from the mainland. Both units at its Turkey Point facility, located about 30 miles south of Miami, were shut by early Monday.

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Irma lost its hurricane strength at 8:00 this morning and is now a tropical storm producing gusty winds and rain in Georgia, Alabama and SC. Millions of Floridians fled their homes over the past few days.

Shelters have been opened across the state for those who can not safely stay in their homes.

"If Tampa stays on the east side of the eye, we expect the storm surge to be worse than if the eye moves inland and the west side of the storm hits it", he said.

About 900,000 people live within Jacksonville's city limits ― making it the state's most populous ― and officials called for a voluntary evacuation from low-lying areas.

Powerful storm surges could also cause more devastating flooding across the state.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties as Irma barrels toward the state. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning. The greatest impact is expected to be in the mountains and near the SC border.

It killed at least 26 people before leaving the Caribbean for Florida. It's also the first time back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall.

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