Hurricane Irma Strikes Florida As Seen From Orbit

Hurricane Irma Strikes Florida As Seen From Orbit

The latest potential track area shows the storm approaching the Florida Keys about 2 a.m. Sunday, the Fort Myers area about 2 p.m. Sunday and Tampa about 2 a.m. Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

We will update this post as more information becomes available. Gale-force winds could cause trouble for boaters near the coast, but other than some rip-current warnings, no weather advisories are now in effect anywhere in North Carolina from Irma. "It's terrible, what we saw".

When Irma was still a hurricane over Florida, it weakened and lost its very defined "eye" - but forecasters are still tracking the tropical storm by calculating where it's center of circulation is located.

Hurricane Irma's powerful center crossed the Florida Keys and tore into the state's Gulf Coast, downing trees, hurling street signs and debris, and knocking the power out to hundreds of thousands of residents throughout the state.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the Navy has deployed the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with search and rescue amid reports of devastation in the hurricane-battered Keys. In other parts of the island chain, the closure of United States 1, a major artery that connects the islands with the mainland, was a prime concern.

Gusts topping 90 miles per hour whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to most of the city's residents.

Collier, Lee, Volusia, Brevard and Hillsborough counties each had more than 200,000 customers in the dark.

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At least two cranes used to construct high-rise buildings in Miami collapsed.

Irma hammered Cuba with winds up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour in Havana, with an unprecedented storm surge swamping parts of the capital and leaving many people waist-deep in water.

He added the storm surge and aftermath "is the biggest thing that we have ever faced". About 2,000 customers there are still without power.

A man died when his pickup truck crashed into a tree in the Florida Keys during Hurricane Irma in Florida, in this handout photo obtained by Reuters Sept. 10, 2017. Most of the outages were in Southeast Florida. It does not cover Tampa and St. Petersburg, two major cities in Irma's forecast path.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said Hurricane Irma is going to pose challenges for first responders. "Avoid Downtown Charleston, roads already closing across the city", the Weather Service tweeted. About 44,500 people live in the evacuated areas, a lot of them on Hilton Head Island.

"We're doing out part to get ready, and we encourage residents to do the same", Stone said.

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