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Hurricane Irma pummels Florida; 'This one scares me'

13 Setiembre 2017, 08:10 | Benedicto Grullon

Necker Island Richard Branson’s private island

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More than 3.3 million homes and businesses - and counting - have lost power in Florida as Hurricane Irma moves up the peninsula.

Boston: Hurricane Irma smashed into Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm, driving a wall of water and violent winds ashore and marking the first time since 1964 the United States was hit by back-to-back major hurricanes.

The National Hurricane Center advisory stated that winds were sustained at 130 miles per hour, but we have no verification of 130 miles per hour from any meteorological observation site.

The governor even declared a state of emergency in all 67 of Florida's counties before Irma touched down, speaking to the seriousness with which state officials viewed the storm.

Terrified Cubans who rode out Irma in coastal towns - after it made landfall on Friday as a maximum-strength Category 5 storm on the Camaguey archipelago - reported "deafening" winds, uprooted trees and power lines, and blown rooftops.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta, Georgia, has issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday and schools throughout Georgia, including the University of Georgia, planned to close Monday. "Life-threatening storm surge expected in the Florida Keys and the wet coast of Florida".

Forecast models had anticipated Irma turning north earlier than it did, said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones.

Irma was smacking the Keys 57 years to the day that Hurricane Donna hit the same area in 1960, destroying almost 75 per cent of the island chain's buildings. "We have to keep on".

The weather began deteriorating in the Florida Keys late Saturday and in other parts of southern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to strengthen once it moves away from Cuba, turning north while remaining a powerful hurricane when it reaches Florida.

A storm surge warning wraps around the Florida coast as concerns over a surge of as much as 15 feet could occur along the coast.

There were no immediate reports of tornadoes touching down.

The live stream at Key West has proved a big hit online, and this is one of the reasons why.

Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino said the worst part of the storm was hitting his city.

"We may be sorry, I hope we're not", said Mr Schwartz, who was staying inside with his wife; his 50-year-old son Jeff; and their cat, Mr Murphy.

Hurricane Irma is already one for the record books.

Irma made landfall just after 9 Cudjoe Key, about 20 miles outside Key West, forecasters said.

Florida Power and Light estimated 3.4 million of its customers could be without power at some point during Irma, the company's largest number of outages ever. "You are running out of time to make a decision", Scott said.

Irma, which prompted one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history, is expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous USA state, a major tourism hub, with an economy comprising about 5 percent of USA gross domestic product.

Tamara Huggins, one of the city's diaspora from Antigua and Barbuda, told CBC News Saturday her family was on the once-lush Caribbean island when the historic hurricane hit.

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