Florida sheriff's office warns people not to shoot at Hurricane Irma

James Marshall
September 13, 2017

"There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation in portions of central and southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, during the next 36 hours, where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect", the National Hurricane Center explained in a Saturday morning update.

The eyewall is now lashing the lower Florida Keys as it prepares to continue along the western coast clipping Naples and Fort Myers before it hits Tampa.

Late last night, the National Hurricane Centre downgraded Irma to a category two hurricane.

"You can't survive these storm surges", Scott told CNN Saturday evening.

"With a storm of this magnitude, there will be widespread destruction throughout our service territory, and most of it will be in the most densely populated areas of South Florida", the utility's CEO, Eric Silagy, said in a statement.

"We couldn't hear it come down because of the loud wind, but when we just took a look it was pulled apart into a mess", Lomas said in a phone interview from his 35th-floor apartment.

"What happened was the storm continued - after interacting with Cuba - to move west-northwest", Jones said.

In Antigua and Barbuda, Arthur Nibbs, minister of Barbuda Affairs who was on Barbuda when Irma hit, said it was the worst storm he'd ever seen.

FEMA warned Alabama and North Carolina also to be on watch.

Hurricane Irma has regained strength as it begins pummeling Florida, threatening nearly the entire southeastern U.S. state after leaving a deadly path of destruction across the Caribbean islands.

Scott's office said the request was submitted within a couple hours of Irma's landfall at Cudjoe Key around 9:10 a.m. Sunday.

"I've tried to get some sleep but I can't".

GlobalMedic, a Canadian disaster relief charity, was also preparing to send aid items to the island and others struck by the brunt of the storm - St. Maarten and St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Barts and Turks and Caicos.

Ngai plans to crouch in the bathtub when it makes landfall.

"Right now, it's a little bit of gusty winds and some rain", he said early Sunday.

Three people have died in Florida with Hurricane Irma's power to blame; officials said all three were the results of automobile crashes. "We've moved everything away from windows". A tropical storm warning was in place for the entire area as well. "We're hoping for the best - we've bought nonperishable foods and water, and we have a flashlight".

"This will no doubt be one of the most complex, not just in our company's history but in the history of this country, in terms of restoration", he said.

After Irma hit, BVI governor Gus Jaspert declared a state of emergency and he has since imposed an overnight curfew in a bid to tackle looting.

Approximately 44,457 SC residents are affected by the evacuations that went into effect Saturday morning on barrier islands in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties, with the vast majority on Hilton Head Island. Schools in the state planned to close Monday. Forecasts originally said the storm would hit the city directly, but Irma took a westward turn.

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