Monday, 25 September, 2017

Hurricane Irma Causes 'Whiteout' Conditions Due to Heavy Rain

The Atlanta skyline is seen Monday Sept. 11 2017. More than 250 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico — was under a tropical storm warning for the first time on Mon. Sept. 11 2017. Forecasters said the metro area could expect Irma gains strength, targets Florida after raking Caribbean
Sammy Stanley | 13 September, 2017, 03:53

The storm slammed the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning at 9 a.m. before weakening to a tropical storm on Monday morning.

Irma made its second USA landfall at Marco Island at about 3:30 p.m.

Drone footage has captured the extent of destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, showing scattered debris floating in heavily flooded streets in Naples, Florida.

The hurricane's powerful eyewall crossed the Gulf of Mexico island at 3:35 p.m. Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, after raking Cuba and slamming the Florida Keys.

(Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria) A truck is seen turned over as Hurricane Irma passes south Florida, in Miami, U.S. September 10, 2017. He said Irma was risky and life-threatening, and pleaded with people in the storm's path to "heed the warnings" of local officials.

Media reports link at least four deaths to the storm in Florida.

- Floridians awoke Monday no longer with a hurricane overhead, but more than 6.2 million homes and businesses did not have power and flooding concerns continued almost statewide.

Irma is expected to skirt the western coast of Florida over the next 24 hours-bringing a devastating storm surge, widespread hurricane force winds, heavy rainfall, and tornadoes.

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Bibb County Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said those sustained winds present a major challenge to his department's operation of equipment.

Risky storm surge is still expected, ranging from 1-2 feet at north Miami Beach to Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys, to 4-6 feet at Clearwater Beach and 2-4 feet at Tampa Bay.

He and roommate Krock Indigo, 22, wanted to experience the intensity of the storm.

Brian Cone, a boat captain in Tavernier in the Florida Keys, said he is staying at home, which he said is built of cement and which he compared to "a bunker". "I think the issue will be the power issues and the magnitude of the power issues", Buckhorn said, adding that he's hopeful that process will take days, not weeks.

As Paul Chapman looks out his window tonight, he says he has everything he needs to ride out Hurricane Irma in his 12th-floor condo in the coastal city of Naples, Fla.

"We all hung out last night together", he said.

"My wife went on a site to get hotels, and they said, 'You have a hotel, congratulations.' We got to the hotel and they didn't have any record of it.so we had to leave that one", he said.

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