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Hurricane Irma leaves Florida powerless, moves north

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Nicole Thomas | 13 September, 2017, 04:07

ALLEN: Well, right now, Irma is a Category 2 storm, a strong Category 2, 110 mile per hour winds, large storm still with winds extending some 80 miles from the center.

Despite taking a direct hit, the island appears to have escaped some of the major damage feared by officials.

Shares of home insurers tied to the Florida market plunged last week as investors feared historic damage from Irma.

"The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected", the National Hurricane Centre said. He said Irma proved to be powerful, but he expected more.

"On the forecast track, the centre of Irma will continue to move over the western Florida peninsula through Monday morning and then into the south-eastern United States late Monday and Tuesday".

Most outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. It is moving north northwest at 18 miles per hour.

Worse yet, more waves can ride on top of the surge.

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The storm did some $20bn to $40bn in damage to insured property as it tore through Florida, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide estimated.

Naples was struck with 228km/h winds, almost 12 inches of rain and had a 7-foot storm surge.

Expected to be even more unsafe than the powerful winds are the storm surges that threaten Florida's coastal cities.

CNN's Derek Van Dam, reporting from Miami Beach, said the roaring winds felt like a jet engine.

The monster storm, which arrived in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, has toppled at least three constructions cranes - two over downtown Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale. A tweet by WFLA reporter Josh Benson included footage shot by Miami business owners while inside their store, showing the view through the window - they were surrounded by a wall of water that appeared to be several feet deep.

Miami streets were flooded as the water crept up on and around Brickell Avenue, which runs from the waterfront through the city's financial district and newly built high rises.

An unusually large hurricane, Irma left an exceptional swath of damage on both Florida coasts and almost everywhere in between.

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