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Irma Heads North, Downgraded to a Tropical Storm

12 Setiembre 2017, 09:14 | Gerardo Tarin

The latest track of Irma shows it moving up the Florida peninsula before taking a western

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The Keys felt Irma's full fury when the storm blew ashore as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

Honig said he doesn't know when or at what level the storm surge will stop.

Trees bend in the tropical storm wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10 in Fort Lauderdale. A storm surge warning was discontinued from Flagler and Volusia counties south to Jupiter inlet, but a flash flood warning remains in effect for downtown Jacksonville.

"It's bad now", Angie Enyedi, National Weather Service meteorologist, said Monday.

Hopefully people evacuated because it will be a life-threatening situation.

Most of Florida and parts of Georgia were under tornado watches Sunday as the hurricane's destructive core powered its way into Florida's Gulf Coast, and tornado warnings followed.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma's winds were at 110 miles per hour (177 kph), just below major hurricane status, as the center of the still unsafe and wide storm moved farther inland late Sunday afternoon.

Not over yet: Residents near rivers will start to see flooding as the days go on, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said.

The Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Keys early Sunday, still far from the capital city in the state's panhandle.

Trump has offered the full resources of the federal government to Florida and the affected states, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters during a visit to FEMA's Washington headquarters on Sunday.

A team of 59 urban search and rescue experts is flying Monday to the Dutch territory that's home to some 40,000 people, where 70 percent of homes were badly damaged last week by a direct hit from the Category 5 storm.

The storm continues to threaten northern Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia with heavy rain and wind as well as storm surges of up to six feet.

ABC News reports that the death toll from the storm in Florida is now at least five, including a person found dead in a home in the Florida Keys early Monday. Meantime Sanibel police were restricting traffic across the causeway.

The power is likely to be interrupted by the high winds and rain that is about to enter the Central Florida area. It is hugging the coast as it moves north. Runways at Miami International Airport were flooded.

According to power outage data tweeted by the Florida Division of Emergency Management at noon, two-thirds of customers across the state are without power - just under 10 million accounts.

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