Hurricane Irma pounds Southwest Florida with 110 miles per hour winds

by Olga Hunt September 12, 2017, 0:36
Hurricane Irma pounds Southwest Florida with 110 miles per hour winds

"And when I finally left and got on the interstate, there were so many cars", Lawson said.

On the east coast of the state, which avoided a direct hit from the eye of the storm, Gould expects repairs to last "probably a week or more". The hurricane weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning as it moved north towards Georgia.

Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves further inland across the southeast U.S., leaving a trail of destruction in its wake that is yet to be fully assessed.

Located on the eastern coast of Florida, NASA's Kennedy Space Center closed from Friday (Sept. 8) through Monday (Sept. 11) to evacuate for the storm, though essential personnel stayed behind.

Buckhorn said areas along the Tampa Bay shoreline could expect a unsafe storm surge anywhere from 3 to 8 feet, adding that it would depend on where Irma went.

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"My family only started to worry when the path of the storm started to turn west", Duncan said.

In the past few hours, Florida has been battling Hurricane Irma, which struck the Caribbean as a Category 5 cyclone but has weakened as it headed to the United States mainland.

09/11/2017Extremely risky Hurricane Irma first crashed into the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and then made a second landfall on Marco Island on Florida's west coast Sunday afternoon, unleashing violent wind gusts up to 142 miles per hour and storm-surge flooding.

There will no longer be any destructive wind with Irma, and the rain will become lighter and less continuous as the moisture spreads out. John Ward, the emergency operations manager of Clay County, says crews have pulled 46 people from flooded homes by early Monday and an undetermined number are still stranded as the area's creeks and ponds are getting record flooding. Irma moves into Central Georgia.

Right now the ferocious storm is drawing the ocean away from the coast and feeding the storm surge into other areas. North Mississippi is in the cone of impact for Tuesday. Higher rainfall amounts are possible in western North Carolina where three to six inches of rain will be possible. "I just hope they don't go through this storm surge".

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