Deaths Linked to Hurricane Irma in Florida. Miami Dodged Bullet, Say Officials

Danny Woods
September 13, 2017

Georgia and SC are expected to face flooding later in the week as the storm continues north, with Tennessee and Alabama also likely to be affected though the power of the hurricane is expected to significantly subside.

The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased Monday morning to near 70 miles per hour.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key east of Key West at 9:10 a.m., and the second landfall took place at 3:35 p.m. on Marco Island, south of Naples.

"Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees and then you can get out there and determine what happened to your individual property or your neighborhood", said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.

On Sunday afternoon, Florida Power and Light reported that almost 75 percent of customers were without power in Miami-Dade County.

While Hurricane Irma has lost a significant amount of strength, it is still a risky storm that continues to pound Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott, who spent the days before the storm hit beseeching the islands' residents to evacuate, said Monday that he is flying down to the Keys to survey the damage. Three storm-related deaths have been reported, as Irma moves northwards.

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At least 24 people were killed when Irma passed through the Caribbean. Some 900,000 customers lost power in Georgia.

In addition, the hurricane center say tornadoes are possible across northeastern Florida, southeasternGeorgia, and SC through Monday night.

Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the country, is grappling with a record storm surge and enormous flooding.

Though, Carroll said, there's concern for flash flooding in some areas as bands from Irma, expected to turn into a tropical storm, could carry 1 to 2 inches of rainfall per hour.

The massive storm's impact was felt further north of Florida, even as it moved northwest, away from the coast. But meteorologists warned the water would return to shore on the backside of the hurricane.although early reports suggested most areas would be spared major storm surge. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm winds are expected within the area within the next 36 hours. The hurricane is one of the most powerful and longest-lasting on record.

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric and Gas report most of the outages Monday morning were in Beaufort and Charleston counties. There are more than 160,000 in shelters statewide.

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