Hurricane Irma weakens, continues to lash Florida

Hurricane Irma weakens, continues to lash Florida

"Basically, every house in the keys was impacted in some way", Brock said. But Shiveley said the water never crested over the city's barriers.

"The next couple of days and couple of weeks - probably months, in a lot of spots - are going to be very busy for a lot of people rebuilding", said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel, according to NBC News.

But The Associated Press has been texting with John Huston, who has been riding out the storm in his house on Key Largo, on the Atlantic side of the island, just south of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The agency, though, said the pipeline bringing drinking water from the mainland "appears to be intact".

Storm-shocked Floridians are returning to shattered homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which has left more than half of all state residents without power and city streets underwater.

"There is no damage", she said. For his undergraduate studies, he went to Florida State University, which is closed until September 15 due to concerns of long-term power outages.

"I just hope everybody survived", Scott said after flying over the archipelago Monday.

Miami International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, halted passenger flights through at least Monday. Each announced a limited schedule.

Terrifying images continue to emerge of Hurricane Irma as the catastrophic storm cell wreaks havoc across the southern tip of the United States.

Hurricane Jose is now moving toward the east at 7 miles per hour, and a turn to the southeast and south at a slow forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

185 mph (298 km/h) for 37 hours: The maximum sustained wind speed of Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. But we're also going to get the storm surge. A 10-foot tide, 4 feet higher than normal, was reported on Monday. There is a risk of downed power lines, and of debris of felled trees and of standing water in areas that flooded.

Hurricane Irma has been blamed for at least five deaths in Florida, two in the state of Georgia and two in SC. And the governor said effects on the southwest coast, including in Naples and Fort Myers, was not as bad as feared.

The historic storm is so wide that authorities faced destructive storm surges on both coasts of Florida and the Keys as it follows a path north toward Georgia. "This was a king tide, so with that king tide and the storm surge, plus the heavy amount of rain that came in, there is considerable flooding". Mike Sprayberry, the director of North Carolina Emergency Management, said about 80 people were in shelters opened recently and about 400 meals were given out. Tybee Island, off Savannah's coast and with a population of about 3,100, remained closed on Tuesday, as bridges leading to the island have not been inspected.



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