Enero 22, 2018

Million Remain Without Power in Florida as Residents Survey Irma Damage

12 Setiembre 2017, 11:17 | Crisanna Felipe

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Querubin Jara Jr. 11 plays with his family’s pet ducks Monday in front of their badly damaged trailer in southern Collier County. Irma made landfall Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane

The National Weather Service has released new predictions of the path of Hurricane Irma.MyRadar image of Valdosta in the outer bands of the storm at 4:45 a.m.The National Weather Service has released this sustained winds map. Millions of Florida residents were without power and extensive damage was reported in the Florida Keys but most of the Sunshine State appeared to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage from Hurricane Irma.

In Georgia, utilities reported over 1.2 million customers without power Tuesday morning. More than 100,000 were in the dark in Georgia. Forecasters said Jose could be downgraded to a tropical storm later Tuesday and possibly restrengthen later this week.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The monster storm, which arrived in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, has toppled at least three constructions cranes - two over downtown Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale.

It's now bearing down on the Tampa-St. Petersburg area were braced for its first direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921.

The flooding could continue for about a week as the storm surge persists and tides rise and fall, authorities said.

Reed warned the power lines and trees could fall as winds grow stronger. But we're also going to get the storm surge. "The surge is yet to be finished".

Charlotte Glaze hugs Donna Lamb on Monday as she removes belongings in floodwaters from the Ortega River in Jacksonville. “This neighborhood has not flooded in at least 51 years,” Lamb said
Million Remain Without Power in Florida as Residents Survey Irma Damage

And keep in mind, while 30 to 40 mile an hour winds may not sound like much (compared to what Florida is seeing) but over a sustained period of time, they can bring down trees, which in turn, can bring down power lines.

At least 10 deaths in the Southeast are now blamed on Irma, including people hit by falling trees or tree limbs.

About 13 million Florida residents were without electricity - two-thirds of the third-largest U.S. state - as tropical heat returned across the peninsula following the storm.

Authorities are letting residents and business owners to return to Upper Keys islands close to the mainland, but people from the Lower Keys face a longer wait.

Rolling Stonereports when Irma was swirling away as a category five storm, the sheer energy output was like nothing we've ever seen in the modern world.

Over the next two days, Irma is expected to push to the northwest, into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Its eye finally spun out of Florida on Monday and was moving inland, first over south Georgia as the storm system gradually weakened. Atlanta, Georgia is expected to receive tropical storm winds Monday evening.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands. Majority of the wind speeds in Valdosta will be tropical storm force though with wind speeds between 39-74.

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