Hurricane Jose still a potential threat to Florida after Hurricane Irma

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2017

Irma already flooded the streets of Miami on Sunday, even though the city sits on Florida's southeast coast - away from the main force of the storm.

How many people in the dangerously exposed, low-lying islands defied evacuation orders and stayed behind was unclear. The state's ports prioritized fuel shipments and Governor Rick Scott provided police escorts to tanker trucks. That risk extended to the coast of Georgia and parts of SC, the hurricane centre said.

Utilities reported some 6.9 million homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida and neighbouring states and said it could take weeks to fully restore service.

"Right now, we are anxious about lives, not cost", Trump said after returning from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland where he monitored the storm and met with his Cabinet.

- A storm surge warning is discontinued for the Florida Keys and some parts of the Florida coast.

The string of islands was the first part of the state hit by the storm, and were still without water, power or cell service Monday.

Hurricane Irma roared ashore in Florida for a second time, this time over Marco Island, near Naples on the Southwest Florida coast. In the Keys, though, he said "there is devastation".

Indian-Americans in Atlanta and neighbouring areas have opened up their homes for friends, families and community members from Florida, as catastrophic hurricane Irma+ made landfall on the state's southern islands.

"Sometimes people listen and sometimes they don't", Long said. "It's frightful, what we saw". "We've got roads that are impassable, so everybody's got to be patient as we work through this".

The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed in, officials said.

"You're on your own until we can actually get in there and it's safe", he told CNN.

The State Department said Monday that US embassies and consulates have reopened in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Barbados and CuraƧao, although services were limited.

Many of Irma's victims fled their battered islands on ferries and fishing boats for fear Hurricane Jose would destroy or drench anything Irma left untouched, but Jose veered away before doing much more damage. As of last night, 13 million Floridians had lost electrical power - a stunning 62% of the state's population. No flooding, no wind damage, no tornadoes, just a breezy day with a few scattered pockets of rain. But by the time Irma arrived in the middle of the night Monday, its winds were down to 100 miles per hour (161 kph) or less. Jacksonville reported flash flooding in the downtown area.

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