Sunday, 19 November, 2017

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Irma parting shot: Floods, South in misery

7-Day Forecast Irma means a dreary day in Triangle; chance for floods to west
Sammy Stanley | 13 September, 2017, 04:26

Even as Irma was shredding large portions of Georgia on Monday, Georgia was shredding large portions of Irma.

Winds knocked a utility pole and power lines onto a sheriff's cruiser late yesterday in Polk County east of Tampa, illustrating the unsafe conditions for emergency personnel.

"What we feared the most was the surge", he said today on MSNBC.

The first aerial images have come in of the extensive damage left by Hurricane Irma in South Florida and the Florida Keys, where county administrators said an "astounding recovery effort" that will soon involve an aircraft carrier is beginning Monday. He says he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma.

Irma wreaked havoc over almost the entire Florida peninsula from the southernmost Keys to the Georgia line, from the Atlantic to the Gulf coasts.

The storm's impact was widespread.

During a press briefing on Monday, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said the Florida Keys "are going to take a while" and likely won't be "fit for re-entry for regular citizens for weeks". Naples' mayor says his city, which mostly is without power, faces a "massive cleanup" as many trees are down and streets are flooded. Jacksonville was hit with flash flooding as the St. Johns River rose to record levels. All around the region, more than 7 million homes and businesses lost power at one point from Irma's passage, the brunt of the outages occurring in Florida.

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Irma has now weakened to a tropical storm as it heads towards southern Georgia, and forecasts also suggest that SC and Alabama are in its path.

Parts of the Upper Keys were reopened Tuesday morning. Debris and live electrified wires litter the road, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez told the Miami Herald.

Night-time curfews have been imposed in areas such as Miami, where 13 people were arrested on suspicion of looting. A half dozen states - Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Delaware and Oklahoma - saw gas prices drop by one to six cents. Georgia Power said 45,000 of their Gwinnett customers were without power.

"Don't drive over down power lines, into standing or moving water, and make sure you have a good spare tire", a representative said. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

In the Jacksonville area, close to the Georgia line, storm surge brought some of the worst flooding ever seen there, with at least 46 people pulled from swamped homes.

The hurricane was responsible for at least 26 deaths, including 10 in Cuba, as it passed through Caribbean island nations.

And Florida Hospital, a health provider in the state, said it plans to reopen many of its impacted facilities on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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