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Tampa Bay waters get sucked backward ahead of Hurricane Irma

13 Setiembre 2017, 09:00 | Gervasio Siguenza

Irma headed for Middle Georgia, EMA urges residents to prep safety kits

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Officials in Florida have ordered a total of 6.3 million people, or about a third of the state's population, to evacuate, creating massive traffic jams on highways and overcrowding shelters. In fact, at least 12 million residents continue to remain without power in Florida. John Ward, the emergency operations manager of Clay County, says crews have pulled 46 people from flooded homes by early Monday and an undetermined number are still stranded as the area's creeks and ponds are getting record flooding.

People in the hurricane's path are using a Facebook group to check in and mark themselves as safe, with almost 400,000 people in the group as of Monday morning, offering peace of mind to loved ones and giving a hint at this storm's reach. Insurance companies buy reinsurance at varying levels, so if a firm only participates at a level of 45%, it is not going to be able to pay all of its policyholders in full after a storm of this magnitude, Dr. Hamid said.

"I would call it a down payment, and that's what it was, and FEMA burning probably half a billion a day", he told CNN. "Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way", he said.

Key West then caught the next lucky break.

"I'm sitting here thinking, 'I don't want to lose that investment, and I don't want to stop going to Florida, '" he said. The area is under a boil water advisory.

"Although at this point is does not appear that Alabama will face the brunt of the storm, we will certainly be affected and we must be ready to respond, no matter what comes our way", Ivey said. The couple is desperate to get back home; they've never been through a hurricane.

As a result of the warnings, hundreds of thousands of people living in Florida have left to safer places. Some drivers waited for hours at gas stations, some of which ran out of fuel.

So far, Hurricane Irma has left 26 dead since it first made landfall on September 6 in the Caribbean islands.

But residents like William Rose have bigger concerns.

On Florida's west coast, meanwhile, resident Charley Ball said he expected a storm surge to completely engulf the affluent island of Sanibel where he lives.

This is the wrath of Irma, now on the move.

"There's a lot of homes that have water in the them right now", Gillen said.

Before the Keys lost cellphone service, Rose received a text from his mother, who chose not to evacuate. "You've got to be patient".

"This is a storm of enormous destructive power, and I ask everyone in the storm's path to heed ALL instructions from government officials", Trump said on Twitter.

Gerald Teague said that hurricanes were a way of life there, but not this one. Both he and his house survived. "They're supposed to have deep roots", said Vargas. "There's homes blown off the stilts". Forecasters say the storm could swamp the coast near Savannah and topple trees and power lines in Atlanta. "Septic fields flooding. It's just bad".

Marilyn Ramos, 44, spent the morning cleaning away the sand and seaweed that had covered her Cuban restaurant Havanos when she arrived early Tuesday.

In the dark: According to state officials, more than 50,000 customers were without power in Monroe County, which includes the Keys. More than 100,000 were without power in Georgia.

BOTTOM LINE: What About South Carolina? North Carolina: More than 29,000 customers don't have electricity, according to Duke Energy.

He said that parts of Florida would be without power for days.

Irma is a Category 3 Hurricane with max sustained winds at 120mph (as of 11:00pm edt). NPR has confirmed two deaths in Georgia.

Additionally, the National Weather Service received a report of 106 miles per hour sustained wind sixty feet above the ground on Dunes Row at the south end of Amelia Island...further supporting the fact that wind speeds increase as you go aloft.

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