Dozens arrested for looting, curfew violations during Hurricane Irma

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2017

The National Hurricane Center says the storm's forward motion fell to 6 miles per hour (10 kph) as the storm stuttered off the coast of Cuba. In Bonita Springs, on Florida's hard-hit southwest coast, large areas were flooded and the entire city was without power.

As Irma nears the west coast, it's expected to weaken when it begins brushing against land and facing stronger wind shear. Despite being weaker than Hurricane Matthew was when it passed by the city in 2016, Tropical Storm Irma helped push a greater amount of water onshore, and it struck right at the time of high tide.

When it hit the Florida Keys, the storm slowly made its way through the middle of Florida on Sunday night, September 9 towards the region of Tampa, which is a very disaster prone area for storms.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the USA", he said.

Irma was a Category 4 hurricane raging in the lower Florida Keys as of 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), on a path that will take it up Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast near population centers including Tampa and St. Petersburg, the NHC reported.

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.

Also in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has suspended all bus and rail service ahead of the weather conditions caused by Irma. "The storm surge on top of that can literally wipe structures entirely away".

Key West will be in for a long beating. Winds are also expected to be between 20 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts up to 40 to 45 miles per hour. Photo: Miami-Dade Police Department. But once the eye passes and the wind reverses, the water will rush back in.

At least 26 people were killed as Irma made her destructive trek across Anguilla, Barbuda, the French-Dutch island of St Martin, St Barts, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. More than 76,000 people in the state are already without power, according to Gov. Rick Scott. 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.

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