Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Since then, Irma has been weakening, but continues to wreck havoc across the peninsula and into Georgia as it tracks north.

As the eye of the Hurricane Irma pummeled the Florida Keys with lashing rains and battering winds, a storm chaser exited his auto, stepped into the gale-force wins, and went viral. The city's Memorial Park has turned into an unrecognizable lake. "Just like our customers, we too live here and take this personally, and all of us at FPL are dedicated to getting the lights back on safely and as quickly as possible", added Silagy. "We've already surpassed historic levels, the levels will continue to rise".

"There's a lot of homes that have water in the them right now", Gillen said.

"It wasn't supposed to be like this", CNN correspondent Sara Sidner said from Daytona Beach. "And so we're Tampa strong, George". The National Guard, FEMA teams and state agencies are still preparing for the storm to bring "heavy rains and winds to North Carolina starting Monday", according to Cooper.

Irma made landfall this morning at 9:10 a.m.at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys.

That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.

More than 2.7 million homes and businesses across the state lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.

Meanwhile, the Miami International Airport said in a tweet that it will resume operations on a limited basis Tuesday.

But there was some good news: There are no known fatalities on the Keys, Newman said. By 4 p.m. Monday, flooding and downed trees closed more than 160 roads in 10 counties. As of 11 a.m. ET, Irma packed 65 miles per hour winds and was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.

With Irma diminishing to a tropical storm, a hurricane-battered nation could soon shift its attention to Hurricane Jose, now meandering around the western Atlantic Ocean roughly 300 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. In Broward, more than a third of FPL's customers - 418,870 out of 933,300 - were without power.

Although Florida is a long way from Louisiana, there are students on campus being affected by the storm. He said the water in the street was "knee-to-waist deep".

There will be heavy rain accumulations into Wednesday in parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina, forecasters said.

"This is the worst one I've ever seen", Teague said. More than 15 million people in Florida alone are without power. In other parts of the island chain, the closure of U.S. 1, a major artery that connects the islands with the mainland, was a prime concern. "I wouldn't rule anything out with this storm". "So we're working hard to get our state back to normal but most importantly we've got to save every life, and we've got to make sure people understand it's still unsafe". Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday.

Models show a wide range of possibilities, all the way from SC to Newfoundland, or even out to sea.

Irma tore through Cuba as a Category 5 storm before it reached Florida, killing at least ten people.

There were no immediate confirmed reports of any deaths in Florida, on top of the 24 people killed during Irma's destructive trek across the Caribbean.

It is expected to arrive on Florida's west coast on Sunday morning as a Category 3 or 4 depending on whether it strengthens overnight.

"This storm's pedigree is a nasty one", Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane specialist at Colorado State University, told Live Science.

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