Irma weakens to Category 1 Hurricane but still poses threat

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

"It's been strong enough to knock us over". Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon.

Millions of people in Florida woke up without power on Monday morning as Hurricane Irma tears through the state, leaving a trail of flooding and devastation in its wake.

That's because some islands are extremely hard to access. "The integrity of the dike on Lake Okeechobee is fine".

Large debris is blocking access, and a 150-foot stretch "has some buckling", Newman said.

But there was some good news: There are no known fatalities on the Keys, Newman said. FEMA chief Brock Long has said some places won't have electricity for weeks.

This has prompted Hurricane Warnings (winds of 50-110 mph) for much of southern Georgia; Tropical Storm Warnings (winds of 40-70 mph) for the rest of Georgia, eastern Alabama, and southern SC; and, High Wind Warnings (winds of 35-60 mph) for western SC and northeastern Georgia. On Monday morning the storm was north of Tampa, moving at about 18 miles per hour.

Jose has weakened to a Category 2 storm, but it is expected to linger over the Atlantic for the next several days, according to forecasters.

Hurricane warnings in north and central Florida were downgraded to tropical storm warnings.

About 2ft of water has been seen in Miami's financial district, where one major street resembled a river, but the worst damage is expected on the west coast.

Trump also spoke with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. But that doesn't mean all Floridians should try to go back home.

"Stay inside. Stay safe", he added.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday. There are widespread water and power outages, and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authorities issued a precautionary boil water notice.

The "ride-out" team of about 120 essential personnel who stayed at Kennedy Space Center during the storm, will continue to closely monitor the storm's progress and prepare to assess any damages once the storm has passed, Feinberg said.

In addition to the storm, Miami was put under a tornado watch, the City of Miami tweeted around 8:50 a.m.

Officials warned that flooding from Florida to SC could pose a particular danger in coming days.

Speaking as he went on an aerial tour of the Keys to survey the damage early on Monday, he said: "Power lines are down throughout the state".

The time to gather supplies was over, and in most of the region, it was getting too late to run. And Irma, which is still making its way through the U.S. as a tropical storm, has already killed at least 38 people, including four in the U.S. Virgin Islands and three in Puerto Rico.

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