Irma weakens but 6.2 mn without power in Florida

Irma weakens but 6.2 mn without power in Florida

Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Irma flooded several northern Florida cities with heavy rain and a high storm surge on Monday as it headed out of the state after cutting power to millions and ripping roofs off homes. "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded".

With ports mended and weather cleared, Caribbean officials struggled Monday to get aid to islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and tried to take stock of the damage caused by the Category 5 storm.

The storm's center is forecast to move near the Florida Peninsula's northwestern coast and cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia Monday afternoon.

When it arrived in Florida, Irma as more than 400 miles wide; the storm remains huge.

Authorities in Jacksonville, in northeast Florida, declared a flash flood emergency, as unsafe storm surge overwhelmed parts of downtown and other areas. Cuban state media said most of those died in Havana, where seawater surged deep into residential neighbourhoods. Florida Power and Light said it had "safely shut down" one of two nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point power plant.

Citrus production is the most vulnerable of crops as Irma moves north along Florida's west coast, said Paul Markert, a meteorologist at MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In Havana, people set about removing debris from the streets on Monday and mopping up homes hit by widespread flooding.

"If this had been a Category Four hurricane, the whole scenario would have been completely different".

More news: Hurricane warnings up for many area counties

Soon after Irma killed 10 people on St. Martin, Category 4 Hurricane Jose threatened the area, halting evacuations for hours before heading out to sea and causing little additional damage.

He told residents: "Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down". Downed trees & tree limbs scattered throughout KW. Scott, the governor, said he had received "spotty reports".

"What is very serious about it is that it is hitting virtually the entire state, multiple major metropolitan areas, and we are going to have a recovery the likes to which we have not seen in the United States".

Lee County said state and local Department of Transportation inspectors would check out the causeways to the coastal islands early Monday - and warned that "due to Hurricane Irma's significant wave action, the Sanibel Causeway may have been impacted". More than 1 million were evacuated from flood-prone areas.

As residents began to check out their homes, authorities warned of downed power lines, raw sewage in floodwaters and-this being Florida-displaced wildlife like snakes and alligators.

"These are storms of catastrophic severity and we are marshalling the full resources of the federal government to help our fellow Americans", Trump said.

In areas where peak surge coincided with high tide, water levels were predicted to rise as much as 4 to 6 feet above normally dry land from the northeast Florida coast to the central SC coast on the storm's Atlantic side, and from near Clearwater, Fla.to the state's Big Bend area on the Gulf of Mexico side.

Additionally, four deaths were reported in the U.S. Virgin Islands, three deaths were reported in Puerto Rico, five deaths were reported in Florida and one death was reported in SC.

Related Articles

  • Mercedes Concept EQA: dinky EV concept shown at Frankfurt 2017

    Mercedes Concept EQA: dinky EV concept shown at Frankfurt 2017

    The concept also serves a second objective : it's a look at the proportions of the next generation of compact cars from Mercedes. At least year's Paris Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled the Concept EQ, an all-electric crossover that introduced the EQ sub-brand.
    Mourinho Explains His 2015 Bust-Up With Matic

    Mourinho Explains His 2015 Bust-Up With Matic

    But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager believes he inherited a side that were burdened by past successes. Overall we have changed, we're a different type of team.
    Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island as Category 3 storm

    Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island as Category 3 storm

    Storm-related debris is now covering many roads in Albany, where FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell said winds were gaining strength. The hurricane's death toll is now up to 25 people, as Irma has battered the Caribbean , Cuba and the Florida Keys .
  • Manchester United v Basel preview: Marouane Fellaini doubtful for hosts

    Manchester United v Basel preview: Marouane Fellaini doubtful for hosts

    As well as Swiss side Basel , the Red Devils will also face Portuguese club Benfica and Russia's CSKA Moscow in the group stage. However, the manner of the defeat would not have filled Basel with a lot of confidence for their upcoming European tie.
    Forecasters: Jose, Katia now hurricanes

    Forecasters: Jose, Katia now hurricanes

    Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz , eastern Hidalgo, Puebla , and San Luis Potosi states. The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states.
    Russian Federation  sells S-400 to Turkey

    Russian Federation sells S-400 to Turkey

    The process will continue by the transfer of a credit from Russian Federation to us. Erdogan said he and Putin were "determined on this issue".
  • Iran FM urges swift United Nations  action on Rohingya crisis

    Iran FM urges swift United Nations action on Rohingya crisis

    ARSA, which has been active since previous year , initially launched small assaults against the military. Rohingyas are not recognised by Myanmar as its citizens and are called Bengali by them.
    Indians win 19th straight, pounding Tigers 11-0

    Indians win 19th straight, pounding Tigers 11-0

    Facing Tigers starter Myles Jaye in the second inning, Yan Gomes put the Indians on top 1-0 with an RBI single up the middle. Milwaukee didn't get a runner past first base against the Pirates and fell 2 1/2 games behind Chicago in the N.L.
    Boy, 2, Found In Ohio Pool, Dies In Hospital

    Boy, 2, Found In Ohio Pool, Dies In Hospital

    Police and fire departments from numerous jurisdictions in Pennsylvania and OH searched, and K-9 units were called in, 911 said. Smith said the boys' parents reported them missing, but he did not know the circumstances of their disappearance.
  • America Will Confront Hurricane Irma, Others

    America Will Confront Hurricane Irma, Others

    Tornadoes could also spin up in coastal areas from northeastern Georgia to southeastern SC , where a tornado watch was in effect. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Sunday night issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands, CNN reported .
    Man Charged with Murder of 5-Year-Old Jackson County Boy

    Man Charged with Murder of 5-Year-Old Jackson County Boy

    The search involved helicopters from KSP and the National Guard, riders on horseback, K-9 units and search by volunteers on foot. Kentucky State Police say they have charged Lonnie Belt with murder in connection with the death of James Spoonamore.
    Irma Now a Tropical Storm

    Irma Now a Tropical Storm

    Almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to get out of the storm's path, including 6.4 million in Florida alone. In Florida, gas shortages and gridlock plagued the evacuations, turning normally simple trips into tests of will.