Power Out For More Than 60 Percent Of Florida Homes And Businesses

14 September, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Warren Cooper
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Over the weekend, Irma claimed its first United States fatality - a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds in the town of Marathon, in the Florida Keys, local officials said.

The National Hurricane Center has confirmed that winds will decrease to around 70 miles per hour and that the storm will continue to weaken as it moves further inland.

Miami city and Broward county have imposed curfews to help clear the roads of traffic.

CNN also shared drone footage of Tortola and the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma. The storm and evacuation orders caused major disruption to transportation in the state that is a major tourist destination and that accounts for about 5 percent of US gross domestic product.

At least 10 deaths in the U.S. Southeast are now blamed on Irma, including people hit by falling trees or tree limbs.

Almost seven million people in the Southeast were warned to get out of the storm's path, including 6.4 million in Florida alone. "It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely", he said in a statement.

"The storm surge is intense". Several deaths in the USA have been blamed on the storm and authorities have sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to aid search-and-rescue operations amid reports of wide devastation in the hurricane-battered Keys. Or the storm could veer further west and cross the Florida Panhandle into Alabama.

"We don't have a comprehensive insight into what the damage is", Bryan Koon, Florida director of Emergency Management said late Sunday.

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So where should evacuating residents go? Using computer model guidance, forecasters have shifted Irmas track westward again, which is not good news for Pinellas County residents.

"I will tell you in no uncertain terms - and I am not going to sugarcoat it - this is going to be a hard storm", Buckhorn said at the news conference.

BOTTOM LINE: What About South Carolina? With forecasts Friday shifting Irma away from the state's coastline, McMaster still hadn't made a decision on whether evacuations were needed.

A direct hit from Irma appeared increasingly unlikely in North Carolina, where emergency officials urged people to stay vigilant with preparations.

"We're asking folks to be patient and remain sheltered in place", said St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles.

"Well it is changing hour by hour, minute by minute", Laessig said as he prepared to leave Friday for Athens, Georgia, 234 miles (376 kilometers) northwest.

As it travelled through the centre of the state early on Monday, Irma brought gusts of up to 160 kmph and torrential rain to areas around Orlando, one of the most popular areas for tourism in Florida because of its cluster of theme parks, the National Weather Service said.

South Georgia is expected to see isolated storm totals of 8-15 inches of rain. Monday night, the storm had weakened to a tropical depression near Columbus, Georgia.

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