First Look at Damage From Irma-Slammed Fla. Keys

PJ Pike checks on his boat and on one belonging to a friend. Both are sitting in mud at their moorings due to an unusually low tide as the first effects of Hurricane Irma reach Fort Myers Florida on Sunday September 10

On Wednesday, when Hurricane Irma was at its strongest, it made a series of landfalls on Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands, causing extensive damage.

These are some of the videos emerging from of the storm at its most intense and rising floodwaters.

Tropical storm warnings were are in effect for the Lowcountry of SC. "Preparation for this storm will not detract from World Vision's continued response to Hurricane Harvey", the children's charity said.

"Storm surge flooding of 10-15 ft is now expected along the SW Florida coast", the NHC wrote in a tweet.

The hurricane hit southwest Florida on Sunday, downing power lines, uprooting trees and turning streets into rivers.

Meanwhile, Georgia's oldest city sat almost empty Sunday.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.

That's because wind from the east side of Irma would be blowing toward Tampa, pushing water from the bay inland and raising the height of the storm surge, he said.

A television news crew wades into a flooded street in the Brickell section of Miami on September 10

The Weather Channel reported that the damaging winds are set to spread into parts of the Southeast from Alabama and Tennessee to Georgia and the Carolinas through late Monday, while coastal flooding will peak Monday in South Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Florida.

Reports say that 10,000 people chose to ride out the storm.

He also said, "Be cognizant once you get back into your neighborhood, of who belongs there and who doesn't".

Brian Palmer agreed. He barely had to watch for traffic Sunday in Savannah's normally bustling downtown historic district as he rode a bike home after leaving his auto in a parking garage for the duration of the storm.

"We are not subject to any special treatment from Hurricane Irma". "I can tell from being up in the attic that the roof beams are all original".

HURRICANE Irma is showing signs of weakening and could be downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday. Forecasters predicted winds up to 60 miles per hour (95 kph) on Monday morning with gusts possibly reaching hurricane force of 75 miles per hour (120 kph). At last check, Florida Keys residents were not being allowed to return to the area until county officials deemed it safe.

In a NOAA reconnaissance mission, a plane flew through the eye wall to gather data on the storm, recording winds of 139 miles per hour at sea level.

The emptying of Tampa Bay on Sunday proved to be more than just an occasional weather phenomenon.



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