Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is predicting that Jose, with 105-mph winds Monday afternoon, will do a loop in the Atlantic Ocean over the next few days.

After flying over the Keys Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage. It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages. And the governor said damage on the southwest coast, including in Naples and Fort Myers, was not as bad as feared.

"If you own a power washer. imagine taking it in the face", said CNN's Bill Weir of the torrential rain in Key Largo, some 70 miles south of Miami.

"There clearly is going to be an impact on GDP in the short run, we will make it up in the long run", Mnuchin said.

"The Keys are going to take a while", Bossert told a regular White House briefing on Monday, adding: "I would expect that the Keys are not fit for re-entry for regular citizenry for weeks". "These winds are strong enough to push the water out of some of the shallow areas of the bays and harbors".

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook.

The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed on the farther islands, officials said.

Buckhorn said areas along the Tampa Bay shoreline could expect a risky storm surge anywhere from 3 to 8 feet, adding that it would depend on where Irma went. "Not out", Jacksonville's website warned residents.

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DOMONOSKE: Absolutely. Until you get the all-clear. "A t-shirt, anything white", the office said on its Facebook page.

The state of MI will be sending over 1,000 soldiers and first responders, including a task force that is capable of surface water rescue, wide-area searches, structural collapse, canine and technical search, according to The Detroit News.

Indian-Americans in Atlanta and Georgia pooled in their resources to help several million people from Florida affected by Irma.

After forging a warpath through the Caribbean and up through the United States, Irma emerged as a storm for the record books.

The number of customers without power was down from a peak of about 6.5 million Monday - but each account usually represents more than one person.

Early Tuesday, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St.

While the Indian Consulate in Atlanta was coordinating with various community groups and was in constant touch with community leaders and Indian passport holders, the Indian American community organisations in Atlanta launched an unprecedented relief effort for those in distress due to Hurricane Irma. Irma arrived in the Keys on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 215 km/h.

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