Hurricane Irma: storm makes landfall in Southern Florida with life-threatening surges


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The almost 400-mile-wide storm was expected to make a slow, ruinous march up Florida's west coast, straight toward the heavily populated Tampa-St Petersburg area by this morning.

Florida's main utility company has warned that it may take weeks to restore electricity to some areas. More than 100,000 were in the dark in Georgia. Winds are expected to ease to below 40 miles per hour in the county by daybreak.

"Don't think just because this has passed you can run home". As Volusia emergency management said, "do not do this!" No injuries were reported. "We want everybody to survive this storm". He streamed live as torrential rain and violent wind moved into the Keys late Saturday night.

"It's so dark in here", he said.

A more eastward track resulted in Hurricane Irma making landfall south of Tampa Bay.

Another hurricane, Jose, strengthened to an "extremely unsafe category 4" storm, the National Hurricane Center said on Friday.

Officials say it happened at a project on Fort Lauderdale beach during the storm Sunday.

"There is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast", it said in a statement. Florida's Governor Rick Scott said Sunday, "We have never had anything like this before". In Cuba, the storm swamped Havana's iconic seawall, pushing water almost a third of a mile (half a kilometer) inland.

In one of the largest US evacuations, almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to seek shelter, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.

It left more than 20 people dead across the Caribbean, and as Irma moved north over the Gulf of Mexico's bathtub-warm water of almost 90 degrees, it started to regain strength.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday.

"I didn't see the damage I thought I would see", he reported. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

The President said Irma would "cost a lot of money", but added: "Right now we're anxious about lives, not cost".

But the weirdness doesn't stop with these two storms.

Although rainfall stopped in Jacksonville Monday afternoon, the water began rising and washing into downtown. Miami Beach barred outsiders from the island.

"There were a few people that stayed behind in Summerland Key, one man who lost his roof but was okay". If you're in shelter or other safe location - stay there.

Trump also said that he plans to visit Florida "very soon". "Shingles are coming off".

The remnants of Hurricane Irma, which hit the Florida Keys as a category four hurricane on Sunday, continued to move north westwards into Tennessee throughout Tuesday. It then rounded Florida's southwestern corner and hugged the coast closely as it pushed north.

Irma's second Florida landfall on Marco Island leaving damage and, gratitude. "And here we are".

It's time to tack on another day since Tampa Bay's last direct hit from a major hurricane, another day to breathe a sigh of relief. Though areas of Georgia received heavy rain, the storm has weakened considerably.

That tornado's location - well away from the hurricane's core, and in the storm's front-right quadrant (relative to the hurricane's direction) - is typical for cyclone-produced tornadoes.

Category 2 Hurricane Irma touched down in Florida Sunday, battering the southwestern part of the state with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and severe flooding.