Irma Weakens After Hard Hits on Caribbean, Florida

Irma Weakens After Hard Hits on Caribbean, Florida

The Cuban government reported on Monday that 10 people had been killed after Irma battered the island's north coast with ferocious winds and 36-foot (11-m) waves over the weekend.

"Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees and then you can get out there and determine what happened to your individual property or your neighborhood", said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. "Irma is still a Category 2 hurricane and is moving north northwest through the Tampa Bay area".

Communities along Georgia's coast were swamped by storm surge and rainfall arriving at high tide Monday afternoon. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue has also suspended emergency services due to risky weather conditions.

Almost 6 million customers are now without electricity, comprising about 30 percent of Florida's total population, according to the 2016 U.S.

Tracking models showed Irma would make landfall on the Keys and head along Florida's west coast, slamming the state that is a major tourism hub, with an economy comprising about 5 percent of USA gross domestic product.

But on Saturday, all that changed when Irma's course shifted.

Officials in the Caribbean area are working to help residents reporting shortages of food, water and medicine. FPL, however, shut Unit 4 on Sunday night due to a possible valve issue that was probably not related to Irma, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said on Monday.

Last October, Hurricane Matthew knocked out 1.2 million FPL customers as it skirted Florida's east coast without making landfall. You can see the spaghetti plot, with most models taking it out to sea next week. Tampa was spared a direct hit, and the city lifted its overnight curfew at 8 a.m. this morning. Neighboring St. Petersburg announced a 5 p.m. curfew.

"Well", he added, "we're about to get punched in the face".

"Just left the island and said goodbye to everything I own", said Ball, 62.

"It's hard to do it during a storm, but as soon as that storm passes, our first responders will be out there doing everything they can to take care of every person in the state". "This is when we are Tampa strong".

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