Florida turns to relief efforts as Irma downgraded

Florida turns to relief efforts as Irma downgraded

Florida turns to relief efforts as Irma downgraded

With sustained winds of 65 mph and centered about 70 miles east of Tallahassee, Irma is carrying its fierce winds and battering rain over southern Georgia.

"I just hope everyone survived", Gov. Rick Scott said. Matthew did not come on shore and damage infrastructure, and it took the utility about two days to restore power.

Almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to evacuate, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.

Most of Florida and parts of Georgia were under tornado watches Sunday as the hurricane's destructive core powered its way into Florida's Gulf Coast, and tornado warnings followed.

Florida emergency management officials estimate almost 13 million residents - two-thirds of the state's population - remain without power.

The Keys felt Irma's full fury when the storm blew ashore as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds. Officials said the arena remained in one piece, but wind-driven water leaked in at the height of the storm.

Irma also left portions of cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale submerged in water. "It was was like, 'Oh my God, what is going to happen?"' After hearing the storm had shifted further to the west on Sunday morning, he opted to evacuate his home with his wife and head for higher ground an hour northeast in Spring Hill, where they are now staying with friends.

"Now if it tracks off the west coast of Florida, that could push some of the worst storm surge into Tampa and Tampa Bay. We have to wait till all the elements pass through", he said. And so it's going to ... take us a little bit longer to do everything we care to do after a storm because we have to bring the assets south.

The figure represents nearly 60% of the state's electricity users, who were still experiencing power outage as of 9 p.m. EDT Monday, according to the state's Division of Emergency Management.

Several areas of Jacksonville, Fla. are flooded on Monday after the St. John's River overflowed. "If you're outside, get inside and shelter in place".

The tropics are still active as Tropical Storm Irma continues to effect the Southeast.

"And while Jose continues to churn in this "loop to nowhere", Porter doesn't expect the storm to lose any of its intensity with "plenty of warm water for fuel" with SSTs (sea surface temperatures) over 29C (84 degrees Fahrenheit) for the entire forecast period", according to The Hurricane Center. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The timing right now shows the storm reaching the metro Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

By Sunday morning, the Tampa-St.

WWJ meteorologist Brian Thompson says that in now looks like Miami will be spared a direct hit when the Category 4 storm strikes the coast.

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