Friday, 24 November, 2017

Million Remain Without Power in Florida as Residents Survey Irma Damage

The extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening Hurricane Irma is pushing its way toward the Florida coast Sunday Sept. 10 The extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening Hurricane Irma is pushing its way toward the Florida coast Sunday Sept. 10
Nicole Thomas | 13 September, 2017, 00:28

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Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm's power waned as it crept up the state's west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities.

At 8 a.m., Irma was about 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa and continuing on a path toward the Columbus area.

US President Donald Trump, acting at the governor's request, approved a major disaster declaration for Florida on Sunday, freeing up emergency federal aid in response to Irma, which he called "some big monster". It can cause "extreme flooding in coastal areas particularly when storm surge coincides with normal high tide", according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hours later, one of the mightiest hurricanes ever to slam the state made a second landfall on Marco Island near the beach resort of Naples.

A hurricane's storm surge has the deadly potential to catch people off guard.

As the storm loomed and came ashore, gasoline stations struggled to keep up.

Pay attention when watches or warnings are issued for your area
Pay attention when watches or warnings are issued for your area

The center says the eye of Irma should hug Florida's west coast through Monday morning and then push more inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon. The system went on to slam the Gulf Coast and, as a downgraded tropical storm, continued to spread record flooding in northern Florida and parts of SC.

- Georgia was already feeling the effects of the storm, with more than 17,000 customers without power in Savannah.

The winds pulled water out of the Tampa Bay and into the Gulf of Mexico. There are widespread water and power outages, and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authorities issued a precautionary boil water notice. Hurricane Irma΄s powerful winds also created tornados in Florida΄s Brevard County, which is home to NASA΄s Cape Canaveral. No injuries have been reported.

- In Venice, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm. Forecasters said significant river flooding was likely over the next five days in the Florida peninsula and southern Georgia.

St. Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state's east coast, about 120 miles (193 km) north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami.

Nayiri Storm in a picture shared by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

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