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Reporter: Hurricane Irma feels 'like a power washer … in the face'

13 Setiembre 2017, 03:58 | Martinez Canez

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The National Hurricane Center said Irma's eye was about 50 miles southeast of Tampa near 11 p.m. Sunday and moving at a fast clip of 14 mph.

As of Monday morning, almost 60 percent of the entire state - close to 6 million customers - had lost electricity. The full damage of Irma, which continued to pose a danger Monday as it made its way north to Georgia and beyond, has yet to be calculated.

Even as Irma continues to move inland as a weakened tropical storm, much of Florida's power grid is still offline in its wake, leaving 6.2 million power company customers across the state without electricity.

US President Donald Trump says he will visit Florida in the near future as the state was being battered by Hurricane Irma.

Several people have lost their lives across southern Florida in vehicle accidents which may well be blamed on the storm once police have a chance to investigate.

See an interactive map of county-by-county power outages below. The hurricane, once a fearsome Category 5 when it smashed into Caribbean islands last week, had top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) late Monday afternoon.

He described whiteout conditions, with howling winds that sucked dry the gulf side of the narrow island, where the tide is usually 8 feet deep.

Also as a result of the hurricane, at least three people have died in Georgia and at least another two in SC, said local media reports.

At 9 a.m., more than 200,000 people were in 587 shelters across the state. He says he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar.

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrived on Florida's east coast on Monday, and its helicopters were put to use assessing the damage to the Keys.

This was the first time that all the counties in FPL's range had been impacted by Irma, Gould said. Its two water parks, however, will not reopen until later in the week.

If original projections had materialized, Tampa could have faced significant flooding issues, downed trees, a downtown inundated with water and people displaced for a long time, he said.

"At the moment, the water on the bay has completely left, so it just looks like a mud pile just everywhere all over". SeaWorld reported that all its animals and personnel were safe.

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