Hurricane Irma climbs Florida coast, risky storm surges feared

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As of 8 a.m., Irma's winds are at 70 miles per hour as it passed over Tampa and continues to produce wind gusts to near hurricane-force as it pushes north across the state. In Bonita Springs, on Florida's hard-hit southwest coast, large areas were flooded and the entire city was without power.

The National Hurricane Center forecast potentially deadly storm surges - water driven ashore by the winds - of up to 15 feet (4.6 m) along some parts of the coast.

State officials in North Carolina say they remain vigilant, especially in the western part of the state, where forecasters say 3 to 8 inches of rain are expected, with as much as 12 inches possible in some spots.

A broad swath of the region will likely experience continuous tropical storm-force winds for several hours Monday.

Hurricane Irma's had made landfall in lower Florida Keys on Sunday, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts and storm. "We missed one and it was the birth of a baby girl", he said.

A boat rack storage facility lays destroyed after Hurricane Irma blew through Hollywood, Fla., on September 10, 2017.

Irma struck Cudjoe during a high tide. But with the next high tide coming this afternoon, the worst could be yet to come.

On Sunday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department announced on Twitter that two of its officers had been killed in the evacuation zone.

Still, even before the brunt of Irma arrived, Miami-Dade and Broward had already heaved a sigh of relief because the storm wasn't a direct Category 5 hit, as it had appeared just a few days ago.

The two USA agencies have also had their eye on the not-so-far behind Category 4 Hurricane Jose and nearby Category 1 Hurricane Katia, now a tropical depression, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Schools in the state planned to close Monday. "Maximum radius winds and the eye are moving over as we speak". "They will not be turned away if you knock on the door". We stay mostly dry, so the weather will co-operate during the clean-up process from Irma. If it hits, Irma would be the first strike by a major hurricane in 90 years, when the population ballooned from about 10,000 to m more than 4 million.

Mr Edward's idea sparked a series of spoof diagrams and outlandish suggestions, including one suggesting people could destroy Hurricane Irma by "cooling the Atlantic with ice cubes".

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