Florida Hurricane Irma Evacuee Named Her Newly Delivered Baby 'Storm'

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2017

Some minor weakening is possible today as Irma interacts with land over Cuba, but Irma is likely to remain at least a category 4 hurricane on approach to Southwest Florida.

At the 11 a.m. advisory, forecasters said Irma would move over the Florida Keys and near or over the Florida Peninsula starting Sunday morning. The governor's office confirmed that Scott's family, including First Lady Ann Scott, left Naples in southwestern Florida ahead of the risky storm. The hashtag "Recover813" is being utilized on social media to help officials see the scale of damage caused by the storm.

One building that did withstand the storm is Ernest Hemingway's former home in Key West, now a museum.

Crews worked to clear the single highway that connects the island chain with the mainland, inspecting dozens of bridges. Fort Lauderdale police arrested nine people they said were caught on TV cameras looting trainers and other items from a sports store and a pawn shop during the hurricane. Nathan Deal expanded a state of emergency declaration to cover all 159 counties in the state as Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida.

The company said repairs and restoration would take a million man-hours to complete statewide. Streets flooded, and flying objects such as coconuts turned into risky projectiles.

There are about 20 to 25 cranes still up across the city, according to city officials.

More than 6.2 million homes and businesses remained without power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami is forecasting the eye of Irma to hit those areas sometime Sunday.

The Republican president also issued a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday and expanded federal funds available to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Irma, the White House said.

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Reed warned the power lines and trees could fall as winds grow stronger.

- More than 17,000 customers have already lost power in Savannah, Georgia.

Scarborough was 12 when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992 and remembers lying on the floor in a hall as the storm almost ripped the roof off his house.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says that while the city hasn't escaped Hurricane Irma's wrath, the situation isn't as bad as they had feared. "All the beauty kind of got sucked out of the city". And it could be a week until it's restored, Barnett said.

The National Hurricane Center says it has high confidence in its recent track forecast for Hurricane Irma.

Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.

The weather service says storm threats include damage to porches, carports, sheds and unanchored mobile homes.

Bryan Koon, Florida's emergency management director, said late Sunday that authorities had only scattered information about the storm's toll. I've got people in my inbox mad as hell because they think this is actually happening.

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