Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Hurricane Irma in numbers: All the records the storm has blown away

Hurricane Irma in numbers: All the records the storm has blown away

Hurricane Irma weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida's northeastern corner, while rescuers in its soggy, wind-battered wake mobilized to reach victims and learn the full extent of the damage.

Irma was nearing the heavily populated Tampa-St.

While no deaths had yet been reported, Morgan County emergency management director Martin Senterfitt told the Weather Channel he expected to see fatalities.

EVACUEES URGED TO STAY PUT he storm claimed its first known USA fatality over the weekend in the Keys - a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds. "We were lucky", he said.

The sea had swallowed the coastal walkway of glitzy Brickell Avenue in the center of Miami on Sunday, flooding the streets and leaving cars half-submerged.

Curfews were imposed in Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and much of the rest of South Florida, and some arrests of violators were reported.

Police in Miami-Dade County said they had made 29 arrests for looting and burglary.

Especially hard hit in the United States was the resort archipelago of the Keys, extending into the Gulf of Mexico from the tip of Florida's peninsula and connected to the mainland by a single, narrow highway, Governor Rick Scott told a news conference on Monday. All causeways leading to Miami Beach were closed by police. During the afternoon, it rounded Florida's southwestern corner and hugged the coast closely as it pushed toward Naples, Sanibel, Fort Myers and, beyond that, Sarasota, at 14 miles per hour (23 kph).

Irma pounded Naples and Marco Island before heading to Tampa. "I wanted to go from the start but he's stubborn as hell". "And here we are". Petersburg area were braced for its first direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921.

Authorities in Jacksonville, in northeast Florida, declared a flash flood emergency, as risky storm surge overwhelmed parts of downtown and other areas. "There's devastation. I just hope everybody survived".

This photo provided by the Dutch Defence Ministry shows a human chain of residents passing supplies provided by a Dutch soldier after Hurricane Irma roared through St. Maarten (the Dutch side of Saint Martin).

Three-month-old Riley Hunt of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Saturday after the auto she and her mother, Kaitlyn, were in was hit by an SUV in Woodstock, police said.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state.

President Donald Trump, who promised to travel to Florida "very soon", approved the state's request for emergency federal aid to help with temporary housing, home repairs, emergency work and hazard mitigation.

Hurricane Irma, an extremely powerful tropical cyclone, occurred over the Atlantic Ocean and is said to be the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since 2005 hurricane Katrina.

Irma's wrath in the Sunshine State stretched hundreds of miles.

Some 6.5 million people, about one-third of Florida's population, had been ordered from their homes ahead of Irma's arrival, and more than 200,000 people sought refuge in about 700 shelters, according to state data.

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