Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Flooded once by Harvey, Fort Myers gets battered again by Irma

Flooded once by Harvey, Fort Myers gets battered again by Irma

In the Keys, though, he said "there is devastation".

A stunning 13 million people, two-thirds of the third-largest state's residents, plodded on in the tropical heat without electricity, and almost every corner of Florida felt Irma's power. Some places might not have power for the weeks, FEMA chief Brock Long told CNN.

By Monday, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its way up Florida toward Georgia, allowing state officials and residents to get a first glimpse of its destructive path even as the nation continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. It was moving northwest at 14 miles per hour, the center said.

Hurricane Irma made its first us landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida, about 30 miles east of Key West, around 9 a.m. on September 10.

- More than 17,000 customers have already lost power in Savannah, Georgia.

"Hurricane damage is primarily water rising".

In other streets near the seafront, the water reached up to people's waists and flooded their homes, leaving timber floating in the streets.

Since Alabama is expected to end up on the west side of Irma's circulation, the winds will be northerly instead of southerly.

"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.

The Cuban authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital.

Deputy National Hurricane Center Director Mark DeMaria called the ocean subsiding "ominous" and said the water is "going to come roaring back".

"It's the worst storm I've ever seen", said South, the NOAA meteorologist.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday morning that he would be touring the damage in the Keys with the US Coast Guard. Antigua was under a tropical storm watch.

While Irma will not directly strike our state, it will cause some hazardous conditions in SC.

The Southeast is bracing for potentially far-flung impacts from Hurricane Irma.

The eye of Irma passed over Barbuda, a tiny Caribbean island of about 1,800 people, on Wednesday, destroying telecommunication systems and cell towers. The previous flood record was 4 feet.

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