Hurricane Irma Leaves Florida Keys, Moves North

Hurricane Irma Leaves Florida Keys, Moves North

Irma, which was downgraded to a post tropical cyclone Tuesday morning, tore through the Caribbean and into Florida over the course of almost two weeks, leaving more than 6 million people without power across five states, ABC Newsreported. No one, and we mean no one, has more data on these storms than the National Hurricane Center, which is where News19 and other reputable TV & radio stations and digital media sites get their information on the storm's path.

Irma, which prompted one of the largest evacuations in United States history, was a Category 4 hurricane about 20 miles (30 km) east-southeast of Key West, Florida, as of 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), the NHC reported.

Hurricane Irma, despite having weakened past its transit over Cuba, still has enough power to slam Florida's Gulf Coast with sheets of rain and surging winds.

However, it was still producing "some wind gusts to near hurricane force". The Florida Keys and Tampa Bay also is under a warning. Those winds extend as far as 60 miles, mostly to the west of center.

"This is a life-threatening situation".

Some 6.5 million people, about a third of the state's population, had been ordered to evacuate southern Florida.

More news: Before and After Photos Show Irma's Terrible Destruction

Close to 600,000 homes and businesses were without power as of Sunday morning, according to utilities.

One woman in Miami's Little Haiti neighbourhood delivered her own baby, with medical personnel coaching her on the phone because emergency responders were not able to reach her, the city of Miami said on Twitter.

As people in Florida, the Caribbean and the South cope with the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, another hurricane is spinning in the Atlantic, and forecasters aren't certain if it will impact the U.S. There is another powerful hurricane that we are monitoring out in the Atlantic and Jose could become a threat to the east coast.

No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm.

The first was over the Florida Keys, and the second, over Marco Island, left the island without water and power, authorities said. "Best word I could say is war zone", he said on Twitter. It hugged the coast as it moved north.

After touring the state over the past week, Scott said he expects to remain in Tallahassee most of Sunday.

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