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Deadly Hurricane Irma leaves the Caribbean as Hurricane Jose turns north

12 Setiembre 2017, 04:03 | Gervasio Siguenza

Irma makes the final approach into Florida

Hurricane-force winds expected across Tampa Bay; warnings in effect

With Hurricane Jose behind Irma, for the first time in recorded history, there were two hurricanes with 150 miles per hour wind speeds in the Atlantic at the same time.

FPL chose 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.

Irma is plowing into Georgia and toward other parts of the Deep South - Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Updating you on the local impacts of Tropical Storm Irma on WBRC FOX6 News at Noon.

A weakening but still potent Irma lashed Florida's Gulf Coast with tree-bending winds, pounding rain and surging surf since making landfall yesterday. As many as 6 million people were expected to leave the Sunshine State to get out of Irma's path.

Irma prompted the largest evacuation in USA history of 7 million residents, or 30%, of Florida's population, according to Accuweather.

The power outages are expected to increase as the storm edges further north. State officials were asking residents and visitors to wait a bit longer before returning to their homes and businesses on Monday.

Powerful winds from Hurricane Irma battered Florida with forecasters warning of risky strom surges that will lead to massive flooding across the U.S. state, media reports said.

Gastesi says they are "prepared for the worst". Irma first came ashore at Cudjoe Key as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 215 kmph. Now he sees furniture floating down the street with small boats.

Several storm surge warnings are still in effect, the most urgent extending from South Santee River to Fernandina Beach (1.2 to 1.8m) and Clearwater Beach to Ochlockonee River (1.2 to 1.8m).

Irma made landfall on the Keys early Sunday morning with triple-digit wind gusts and heavy rain that had already wrecked havoc in the Caribbean.

It finally hit the mainland as a big wide beast, but not quite as monstrous as once feared.

The disturbance has now been downgraded to tropical storm status.

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