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Irma, Now A Tropical Storm, Churns Through Florida

12 Setiembre 2017, 03:21 | Dolorita Barahona

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The storm had killed three people when it struck the southern Florida Keys island chain as a more powerful Category Four on Sunday.

About 6.5 million homes in Florida, two thirds of the total, are without power after Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the USA state, officials say.

Irma was expected to roar up Florida's western coast through the day on Sunday, with hurricane-force winds extending some 80 miles (129 km) from its center.

As of 1 p.m. CDT Monday, Tropical Storm Irma was located about 55 miles east of Tallahassee, Fla., and was moving north-northwest at 17 mph.

The first was over the Florida Keys, and the second, over Marco Island, left the island without water and power, authorities said.

U.S. media outlets have reported that at least one person in South Florida was killed by Irma.

The center of Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning and is now headed for the southwest Florida coast.

According to The New York Times, almost a million people are already without power in Georgia.

On the forecast track, the center of Irma will continue to move over southwestern Georgia tonight and move into Alabama on Tuesday. Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday.

We aren't now as concerned with this storm as we have been with Irma, however, it bears watching over the next week.

"I think because of the fact that we came out early, very aggressively, for the mandatory evacuation, it made a very big difference", he said.

In Georgia, utilities reported about 950,000 customers without power.

Satellites operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration kept an eye on the storm overnight as it moved from Cuba to Florida, including the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite and GOES weather satellites.

"It's development in the future versus tropical storms or hurricanes", Regalado said.

Mr Caveney, 28, who married Zoe, 22, on August 5, said: "I've never seen rain or wind like it in my life".

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