Apocalyptic scenes in storm ravaged Florida Keys

Sep 13, 2017, 00:30
Apocalyptic scenes in storm ravaged Florida Keys

At least 24 people were killed by Irma in the Caribbean, Reuters reported Sunday.

Jose appears to have spared, for the most part, the Caribbean islands hardest hit by Irma last week, but it still has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Although Miami is likely to escape a direct strike from Irma, the hurricane is tracking up Florida's west coast, it has still faced extensive damage.

Nielsen had to shut down a national data center in Oldsmar, Fla., area in advance of Hurricane Irma hitting the area.

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The first one was over the Florida Keys, which Irma hit as a Category 4 hurricane. Gov. Rick Scott requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump "to help bring important federal resources and aid to Florida" once Irma passes, he said.

Power outages from Hurricane Irma dropped to over 6.6 million in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama by late Tuesday morning from nearly 6.8 million earlier in the day, according to local utilities.

The NHC said late Monday afternoon that the storm is "expected to continue weakening as it meanders far northeast of the Bahamas for the next couple of days".

It was still risky, with high winds reaching up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, heavy downpours and tornado threats in Georgia's southwestern region, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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"The greatest hazard at this point is the storm surge", he said.

"What happened was the storm continued - after interacting with Cuba - to move west-northwest", Jones said. It can cause "extreme flooding in coastal areas particularly when storm surge coincides with normal high tide", according to the National Hurricane Center.

The governor said he was directing the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to activate the state's emergency operations plan due to the potential for dangers associated with excessive rainfall, strong winds, flooding, fallen trees and road closures. "We'll have to wait and see" where to go once damage reports come in, Stone said.

The storm has also been blamed for one death in Florida.

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Meanwhile, in Florida, officials were telling people to prepare to hunker down for at least 12 hours once Irma makes landfall. City officials asked residents to limit flushing and be aware sewage could back up into their homes.

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