Millions without power as Irma batters southeast US

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

If you aren't caught up, here's what happened on Sunday: When Irma was still a healthy Category 3 and 4-force hurricane in South Florida, its outer winds blew from the northeast into Tampa Bay, pushing the water out to the Gulf of Mexico.

As the storm weakened while moving north, outages have started to decline for other Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, North and SC and Alabama. The storm's wind speeds were measured near 300 kilometers per hour at one time.

"The important thing is that we're fine", he said, acknowledging his family members in SC who were also impacted by Irma.

Irma wreaked havoc over almost the entire Florida peninsula from the southernmost Keys to the Georgia line, from the Atlantic to the Gulf coasts. We've got downed power lines all across the state.

In a parting shot at Florida, Irma triggered severe flooding Monday in the state's northeast corner and heavy rains and storm surge also swamped parts of the coast of Georgia and SC, including some low-lying streets of historic Charleston.

The storm uprooted trees, toppled boats, and left trailer homes completely damaged in Florida.

Hurricane Irma made its first USA landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida, about 30 miles east of Key West, around 9 a.m. on September 10.

Curry said at least 100 people in the San Marco area had been rescued by midday.

He said the Navy dispatched the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with relief efforts.

Lower Keys resident Leyla Nedin said Tuesday she doesn't plan to return anytime soon to her home near where Irma first made landfall on Cudjoe Key.

A USA aircraft carrier and other Navy ships have been sent to assist, according to the AP.

Irma sustained its 185-mph winds for 37 hours - "the longest any cyclone around the globe has maintained that intensity on record", according to Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University. However, roads remain closed because of debris.

However, Irma is expected to fizzle out over land while Hurricane Jose will make a loop before moving west again.

The death toll jumped to at least 40 as Cuba said 10 people had been killed there over the weekend as the storm carved a path northward. Delta Air Lines is scrapping 900 flights Monday, including many at its Atlanta hub.

Early Tuesday, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia.

The storm is also being blamed for the death of a 62-year-old man in rural southwest Georgia.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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