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11 Setiembre 2017, 11:25 | Gervasio Siguenza
Tampa Bay waters get sucked backward ahead of Hurricane Irma
Powerful winds from Hurricane Irma battered Florida with forecasters warning of risky storm surges that will lead to massive flooding across the U.S. state, media reports said.
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.
Opting to stay put with her four dogs rather than join evacuations, Ms Connelly said the experience was "very scary".
Irma, which some forecasters believe is every bit as powerful as Hurricane Andrew in 1992, is on course to hit the western part of Florida Sunday morning.
As of the 11 p.m. advisory, Irma was still a Category 3 hurricane, located 90 miles southeast of Key West and was moving slowly, heading northwest at just 6 mph.
Weather forecasters are warning of possible tornadoes in Florida, Georgia and SC through Monday night.
"Heavy winds and rain Monday [are] expected to impact some flights", the airline said.
The National Weather Service in Jacksonville says storm surge flooding exceeds the record set in 1965 during Hurricane Dora.
"Everyone is working to get assets here, get our power back on". A total of 4.2 million Florida Power & Light customers have been affected, with about 570,000 getting service restored, mostly by automated devices.
Elsewhere, scores of National Football League fans were upset Sunday when their games were interrupted by coverage of Hurricane Irma.
Continued slow weakening is forecast, and Irma is likely to become a tropical depression on Tuesday.
By early Monday, almost 222,000 customers mostly in coastal and south Georgia were without power after Irma crossed over into the state overnight, bringing high winds and rain.
As Irma moves inland, more than 45 million people will face tropical storm conditions. "We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we're trying to stay in touch", said Suzanne Trottier, who left her Key West, Florida, home for Virginia nearly a week ago ahead of Irma.
Ahead of the worst of the storm, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency throughout the state and many school systems shut down for the day.
Before it weakened and headed to the United States, Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Fridayas a Category 5 hurricane.
Georgia Power spokeswoman Holly Crawford said Monday the areas with the most power outages were Glynn and Chatham counties.
"You're on your own until we can actually get in there and it's safe", he told CNN.
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Almost 7,000 flights to or from Florida have now been canceled because of Irma , according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. Meanwhile, Tampa International Airport said in a tweet Thursday that it would remain open through the hurricane .
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Alonso said the flight was delayed as crews worked to fill the plane with stranded passengers no matter their final destination. At least 10 airports in Florida had suspended flights or announced their intention to do so by Saturday evening.
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This allowed the weather services to get watches and warnings out well in advance - about 60 hours - of the storm making landfall. It finally made its way as a tropical storm up through Kentucky before wearing out against a low pressure system in Ohio.