Tropical Storm Irma to track north and bring impacts to Mid-Missouri

Tropical Storm Irma to track north and bring impacts to Mid-Missouri

Irma hit South Florida on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"People are drowning in hurricanes", said Jamie Rhome, a storm surge specialist at the National Hurricane Center, in a 2016 interview.

The storm killed at least 11 people in Florida and Georgia.

A tired Gov. Rick Scott, who has flown across the state during the past five days sounding the alarm bell ahead of landfall, acknowledged that it won't be easy for residents in the days ahead.

During its passage through the Caribbean en route to Florida, Irma was ranked at the rare top end of the scale of hurricane intensity, a Category 5, for days. "It's frightful, what we saw", Scott said.

Hurricane Irma passed through most of Florida by Monday morning, causing untold damage, and killing at least four in the Sunshine State. The effect led to surreal scenes and even prompted a special warning from the National Weather Service to gawkers along the shore.

Stranded motorists try to get back in their auto after a breakdown.

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.

Pence made the comments during a visit to the Washington headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

FPL made a decision to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites. You know, you're going to get the wind and the rain on the east coast, but right now, it's impacting the Keys.

However, he said, "We got super, super lucky". "We have to wait till all the elements pass through", he said.

He said 17,000 restoration workers from as far away as California and MA are already stationed around the state, but it will take time to rebuild the system. FPL expects people with severe home damage will stay in those shelters for a prolonged period. For days, forecasters warned Irma was taking dead aim at Florida.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Sunday that strong winds tore tile and debris off the facade of a 32-story building on a downtown Atlanta street, forcing some road closures.

With Irma's eye beyond the Florida Keys, officials are starting to inspect the damage there.

One building that did withstand the storm is Ernest Hemingway's former home in Key West, now a museum. Harrison said that his group has already logged and reported to Texas more than 27,000 volunteer hours worth more than $675,000 toward the state's required match. Flooding was reported along Interstate 4, which cuts across Florida's midsection. But he acknowledged that may not happen soon.

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