Vigilance is key in recovering from Irma

12 September, 2017, 09:20 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Hurricane Irma Leaves at Least 10 Dead in Cuba

Buckhorn said areas along the Tampa Bay shoreline could expect a risky storm surge anywhere from 3 to 8 feet, adding that it would depend on where Irma went.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management estimates 6.5 million Florida residents were told to evacuate ahead of Irma's arrival. It is expected to restrengthen as it moves away from Cuba and will likely remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida. "To the public in their homes who are trying to ride out this storm, we urge you to not get on the roads until you have been given clearance by everyone who is required to give clearance".

An 8-10 foot storm surge is possible starting late Sunday into Monday for southwest Florida.

The core of Hurricane Irma, potentially with winds gusting over 150 miles per hour or more, is going to come close.

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The Naples airport reported a wind gust of 142 miles-per-hour just before the eye came ashore. Irma's remnants will get closer to the high pressure centralized over our region.


The huge storm weakened as it moved up the state's western coast overnight but Miami and other urban areas have been battered and flooded. Hurricane-force winds extend out 70 miles from the center of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Sunday night issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands, CNN reported. The eye is expected to miss heavily-populated Miami, but that area will still get life-threatening hurricane conditions even without a direct hit. There are now no plans to move them to a different shelter.

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The agency tweeted a simple gif of the instructions on Monday morning, September 11, along with the message that "You should only return home when local officials say it's ok".

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The National Weather Service says the flooding has exceeded the previous 1964 flooding caused by Hurricane Dora by at least a foot, as of Monday morning.

Some 166,000 people in Georgia, including more than 17,000 in the city of Savannah, lost power as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state. "We've never seen this before", Scott said.

School districts in hard-hit South Florida, including those Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties, are all closed until further notice.

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