Saturday, 23 September, 2017

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South

Worst case scenario? Massive damage feared in Tampa as it awaits Irma's wrath The Latest: Georgia scales back Irma highway flow plan
Nicole Thomas | 13 September, 2017, 04:04

A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages dipped to around 2.8 million by Tuesday morning from a peak of over 3.6 million Monday morning.

Federal funding also is available to governments and non-profit organizations for emergencies in all 67 Florida counties. The Category 5 storm tore through the Caribbean and made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm Sunday morning.

On the west coast of Florida, drone footage from Naples, a town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico about 200km to the north-west, shows rows of shattered suburban homes on streets under water. The National Hurricane Center reported that Irma will reach northern Florida earlier than expected and may also arrive in neighboring Georgia. It was smacking Naples after coming ashore in Marco Island at 3:35 p.m.

We've had our eyes on Irma for over a week but there is actually another storm in the Atlantic.

In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 miles per hour, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics. Chatham County, which includes Savannah, sustained massive flooding due to the storm, a surge of 4.7 feet and a high tide, known locally as a king tide. "But this one scares me", Sally Carlson said as she snapped photos of the waves crashing against boats.

-- All Florida seaports except the Port of Pensacola had been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard. In Puerto Rico, hundreds of thousands of people remain without power. The agency, though, said the pipeline bringing drinking water from the mainland "appears to be intact".

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- At least 26 deaths have been blamed on Irma in the Caribbean islands, where it hit before barreling toward Florida. Most of that will be confined to areas along and south of Interstate 44.

"Pray, pray for everybody in Florida", Gov. Rick Scott said on "Fox News Sunday" as more than 160,000 people statewide waited it out in shelters. ABC's linsey Davis starts us off in Jacksonville, Florida.

Night-time curfews have been imposed in areas such as Miami, where 13 people were arrested on suspicion of looting. "It's bad now, it's going to continue to get worse", meteorologist Angie Enyedi said. The storm damaged about 95% of the buildings on the island, said Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

By 5 p.m., Irma had weakened to a Category 2 storm, with 110 miles per hour maximum sustained winds.

Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.

Some residents compared the impact of Irma to that of two other memorable hurricanes that hit Cuba: Wilma in 2005 and Kate in 1985.

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