Sep 13 2017
Recovery operations are beginning around Florida and beyond even as the weakening storm system continues to dump heavy rains around the South in states including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.
Irma flooded portions of River Street in the tourist magnet city of Savannah, Georgia and forced police to temporarily shut Highway 80 leading to the barrier island community of Tybee Island.
Irma, which hit just days after the Houston area was deluged by unprecedented flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, was expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous US state.
The hurricane's wrath in the Sunshine State extended the full length of the state and reached from the west coast to the east.
Scott Hagen, director of the Center for Coastal Resiliency at Louisiana State University, said there is a "gee whiz" element to the phenomena.
In harder-hit areas of the state, emergency responders were still in rescue mode, fielding calls from people stranded in cars or in houses with structural damage.
Around the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, where Irma rolled through early Monday, damage appeared modest.
More than 120 homes are being evacuated in Orange County, just outside Orlando, as floodwaters from Hurricane Irma started to pour in.
Irma has left more than 20 people dead in its wake across the Caribbean, ravaging such resort islands as St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Antigua.
Tom Bossert says while Irma's category of strength may have been reduced, its combined effects might replicate that of a more powerful storm.
The 400-mile-wide storm blew ashore in the morning in the mostly cleared-out Florida Keys, then began a slow march up the state's west coast, its winds extending clear across to Miami on the Atlantic side.
One person is known to have died on the island of 1,600 residents, apparently a child whose family was trying to get to safer ground.
In places like Tampa and Port Charlotte, as the storm approaches from the south, strong winds blowing from the northeast have pushed water out of shallow parts of bays and harbors, according to CNN meteorologist Judson Jones.
"If I wasn't pregnant, I'd be in the vehicle headed north with my dog and my husband", she said. "Tonight, I'm scared to death".
At least four people were killed in the US Virgin Islands, officials told AFP.
Shruti Patel of Waterloo, Ont., said a scarcity of gas and extreme gridlock on local roads made it impossible to drive to safety.
Irma is now a minimal hurricane heading north.
The Guardian reported that an estimated 160,000 people are living in shelters in Florida right now, many of which are ill-equipped and lacking enough resources to accommodate the enormous influx of visitors.
Roy Cooper touched down by helicopter in Greensboro to meet with members of the National Guard.
Major tourist attractions, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, all prepared to close Saturday.
Lakeland is between Tampa and Orlando, off of Interstate 4.
Burns expects winds gusts to be around 45 miles per hour across the metro Monday morning, with winds being much higher south of the metro.
"I am very concerned about the west coast", Scott said of Florida's western shoreline that faces the Gulf of Mexico and is being hit hard by Irma. FEMA is still dealing with aftermath of catastrophic Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. A 120 miles per hour gust was recently reported at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key.
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Storm hits west coast of Florida
Almost 7.2 million homes and businesses are without power in multiple states as Tropical Storm Irma moves through the Southeast. Early estimates of Hurricane Irma damage show that the storm will be one of the most expensive natural disasters of all time.
Sep 12 2017
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Full restoration of power could take weeks in many areas, FPL said, due to expected damage to the company's system. Irma , which hit Florida as a category four hurricane on Sunday, has now been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Sep 12 2017
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Sep 10 2017
Flight cancellations roll in as Irma edges toward Florida
The Category 3 storm had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour , according to the National Hurricane Center . Miami's airport is American Airlines' fourth-largest hub and a major worldwide gateway for their system.
Sep 10 2017
Cost of battling OR fires nears a quarter billion dollars
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Sep 10 2017
Keys routs Vandeweghe, reaches US Open final
This time , she raced to a 4-0 lead against an obviously nervous opponent, then won the second set in even more lopsided fashion. She also advanced to the 2015 Australian Open semifinals, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams .
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