Irma lashes Cuba before turning toward US

Irma lashes Cuba before turning toward US

Deal also issued an executive order authorizing 5,000 National Guard personnel to be mobilized on state active duty for response and recovery operations from Hurricane Irma. Monday morning the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm as winds dropped below 75 miles per hour.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt raised more than $30 million, volunteers continue to fly into Texas from all around the country to assist with cleanup and recovery, and a jaw-dropping 122,331 people were rescued or evacuated, along with 5,234 pets.

Irma, which was expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous USA state, it hit just days after the Houston area was deluged by unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 127cm of rain in parts of Texas.

"What we really fear more than anything is that storm surge", Buckhorn told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Sunday.

The center said the storm was beginning to pull away from the Leeward island chain.

More than a million people were evacuated in Cuba with the storm causing significant damage with waves up to 9 meters high reported with widespread flooding.

- Storm surge warnings in Florida, Georgia and SC mean "there is a danger of life-threatening inundation", the hurricane center said.

US President Donald Trump spoke on Friday to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to extend his condolences and offer support, the White House said.

"Stay inside. Stay safe", he added. "You've got to be patient".

Hurricane Irma 11 a.m. Advisory
Hurricane Irma 11 a.m. Advisory

In Georgia, utilities reported over 1.2 million customers without power Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service warned Florida residents to wait to start recovery efforts until after the winds die down and the roadways are cleared.

But the Bahamas have largely been spared after Irma changed track.

By Sunday morning, the Tampa-St.

Meanwhile, search-and-rescue teams located in Orlando and other staging areas were waiting out the storm until it was safe enough to go out and assess the extent of the damage and injuries. That would have put the hurricane over the east coast of Florida.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

"Irma has weakened a bit as of the 11 p.m. advisory and has maximum winds of 100 miles per hour".

Buckhorn also announced the city will have a curfew after 6 p.m. EDT Sunday.

While considering how the city would react, Buckhorn quoted boxer Mike Tyson, saying, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face". Mayor Bill Barnett said, despite the destruction, the city "dodged" the dire storm-surge predictions of 12 to 18 feet. But he emphasized that Tampa is prepared. Officials said it could take weeks to restore electricity. "It's been strong enough to knock us over".

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