Photos and videos from Florida show the terrifying power of Hurricane Irma

Photos and videos from Florida show the terrifying power of Hurricane Irma

HAMILTON: This storm is really, really big.

Storm surge does not come from rainfall or flooding, but occurs when powerful winds from a hurricane push ocean water higher than usual over the shore.

The City of Miami said on its Twitter account early Sunday that firefighters couldn't respond in time to the woman in the Little Haiti neighborhood.

He told Larry Williams there are canyons and rivers, as wind and rain slams downtown Miami. A third crane was reported down in Fort Lauderdale.

For others though, the event was tongue-in-cheek, with a graphic circulated by members showing bullets twisting around in the force of the storm.

An apparent tornado spun off by Irma destroyed six mobile homes in Palm Bay, midway up the Atlantic coast. Miami Beach barred outsiders from the island.

And this man, identified only as Mike, said in a video posted to Reddit that he evacuated Florida when Hurricane Georges hit in 1998 - but that he wasn't going to evacuate ever again.

At least 76,000 people were without power, he said, and the outages were expected to increase as Irma moved closer to the Florida coast.

Almost 7 million people from several USA states in the storm's path were told to evacuate their homes, according to the Associated Press.

"Small boats floating down the street next to furniture and refrigerators".

Irma made landfall just after 9 a.m.at Cudjoe Key, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside Key West.

The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued north of North Miami Beach to Jupiter Inlet. St. Martin saw several people killed and vast damage to homes, electricity and water supplies. "And here we are". A strike near Tampa could cause as much as $250 billion in damage. Petersburg area started bracing for the onslaught.

Florida Power & Light Co., the state's largest investor-owned utility, is expecting the hurricane to knock out power to upward of 3.4 million of its almost 5 million customers as it strikes and passes over Florida. "This was the worst of the storms I have been through, and the sea rose much higher", Pulpito said.

"I have lost everything", she said, on the edge of tears.

"The Keys are just toast", he said.

Aid rushed in to hurricane-scarred Florida early Tuesday, residents began to dig out, and officials slowly pieced together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.

Mr Trump deflected questions about the billions of dollars the government will be asked to spend to help communities in Florida and other affected states rebuild after Irma, saying "right now we're anxious about lives, not cost". If you're hunkered down waiting out the worst of the storm, then yes, please take a picture of yourself in a sleeping bag with your cat.

On Sunday, Trump also issued a disaster declaration for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and expanded federal funds available to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Irma, the White House said.

The state's division of emergency management said it "estimates that 6.3 million Floridians have been ordered to evacuate". By the time it began to pull away this afternoon (Sept. 9), it was a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 miles per hour (200 km/h).

FPL, a unit of NextEra Energy Inc., said Saturday that it was re-evaluating whether it would need to shut down two nuclear power plants it operates in the state, given a shift in Irma's track.

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