Will Hurricane Jose Or Tropical Storm Katia Hit Florida?

Will Hurricane Jose Or Tropical Storm Katia Hit Florida?

Plans to do so were initially delayed by Hurricane Jose, which roared toward the region as a Category 4 storm Saturday but turned north without doing much further harm.

Irma was packing 160 miles per hour (260 kph) winds when it made landfall in Cuba, the first storm of that power to reach the island since 1932, and it caused major damage to tourist infrastructure including an global airport on the sandy keys popular with Europeans and Canadians.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4's Today programme he said: "I am confident that we are doing everything we possibly can to help British nationals, but you must understand there half a million of them affected".

Ahead of Irma's arrival, some 6.5 million people in southern Florida, about a third of the state's population, were ordered to evacuate their homes.

"This is a particularly unsafe situation", a National Weather Service alert warned.

Almost 400 schools in Miami-Dade have been shut down.

Irma hit Florida after powering through the Caribbean as a rare Category 5 hurricane, the top rung of the Saffir-Simpson scale. And Irma, which is still making its way through the U.S. as a tropical storm, has already killed at least 38 people, including four in the U.S. Virgin Islands and three in Puerto Rico.

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On Sunday, President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration for Florida to speed the release of federal aid to the state. Shelters have been set up for about 62,000 people whose homes were destroyed.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in Cuba but it caused significant damage, and enormous waves lashed the Malecon, Havana's emblematic seafront, with seawaters penetrating deep into the capital.

The hurricane made USA landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

Emera's Tampa Electric utility reported 300,000 homes and businesses lost power by Monday morning. More than 898,000 customers were without power in Miami-Dade, 709,000 in Broward and 543,000 in Palm Beach County.

The combined economic cost of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could reach $290 billion, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the United States gross domestic product, U.S. forecaster AccuWeather said in a report.

Irma made landfall on the island's Camaguey Archipelago late Friday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes.

Emergency officials said they would have a better idea of the extent of the damage when they do an assessment after the storm passes.

Upon leaving Florida, a weakened Irma is expected to push into Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and beyond.

A piece of a McDonald's "golden arch" sign hung in a tree near the fast-food restaurant in the central Florida city of Kissimmee on Monday morning.

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