Friday, 24 November, 2017

Florida power company says restoration 'will take weeks' after Irma

Hurricane Irma: 1200 Americans evacuated from St. Martin A look at the Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma
Velma Reese | 13 September, 2017, 03:50

The storm, which was moving into southern Georgia, was packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles (97 km) per hour, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center's latest update at 2 p.m. EDT.

More videos of flooding and wind gusts show how powerful Irma was, even as a Category 3 and 4 storm.

As Irma zeros in on Atlanta, the city faces its first-ever tropical storm warning.

The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a category one hurricane overnight, the National Hurricane Center said.

Irma now has maximum sustained winds of 160km/h, says the NHC. The storm was north of Tampa early Monday and losing steam.

It killed at least 26 people before leaving the Caribbean for Florida.

Some 6.3 million people in Florida had been told to evacuate.

Paul Pogba Exits United's Champions League Win on Crutches
Barely can they have subsided when he found himself back in the dressing room, his evening cut short by a hamstring injury. Asked if he could evaluate Pogba's injury, Mourinho replied: "I don't know".

Irma's storm surge inundated Jacksonville with record-setting floods, prompting the city government to issue a flash flood emergency on Monday.

Some 3m people live in the Tampa Bay area.

Local newscasters spent all weekend chasing the storm, but in the age of social media the most harrowing footage of Hurricane Irma comes from individuals in the region.

Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Irma flooded several northern Florida cities with heavy rain and high storm surge on Monday as it headed out of the state after cutting power to millions and ripping roofs off homes. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

After making landfall on Marco Island earlier Sunday, Hurricane Irma is now moving northward near Fort Myers.

How did it arrive in Florida?

Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon ahead of the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba September 9, 2017.

The Florida Highway Patrol says two people have died in a head-on crash in a county where Hurricane Irma's wind and rain have started to blow in. About 2ft of water has been seen in Miami's financial district, where one major street resembled a river, but the worst damage is expected on the west coast.

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