Irma's strong winds causing damage in GA

Frederick Owens
September 12, 2017

Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in SC.

"US 1, the only road that comes in and out of the Florida Keys, there's three choke points - there are three places that are completely inaccessible".

Just after 12 p.m. Tuesday, Deal lifted the mandatory evacuation order that was in effect for six coastal counties.

Relief operations are under way and engineers are working to restore power, but many areas remain stranded. A Storm Surge warning has officially been instated from the South Santee River to Jupiter Inlet, North Miami Beach to the Ochlockonee River, the Florida Keys, and Tampa Bay.

Officials in Georgia also confirmed two storm-related deaths, bringing the USA toll to at least eight, to go along with the 37 reported fatalities in the Caribbean. A couple hundred miles off Turks and Caicos, Hurricane Jose, which has winds at 105 mph, is looping wildly in the central Atlantic Ocean, its final destination anyone's guess.

"Deputy Bridges was picking up supplies for a hurricane shelter when her patrol auto collided head-on with Sergeant Ossman's vehicle", a statement on the "Officer Down Memorial Page" said.

Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane at 9:10 a.m. EDT Sunday on Cudjoe Key in the Lower Keys, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and a storm surge of 10 feet, the National Hurricane Center said.

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The Keys are cut off from the mainland, as the 42 bridges that link them are being assessed for damage. Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday.

Photos form St. Johns County showed damaged homes, apartments and flooded streets.

Authorities plan to fly over the Keys on Monday, officials said.

Crews planned to go from house to house in the Keys in search for residents who need help.

At the time, forecasters anxious what would happen once the storm passed Tampa.

"I didn't see the damage I thought I would see", he reported.

The figure represents nearly 60% of the state's electricity users, who were still experiencing power outage as of 9 p.m. EDT Monday, according to the state's Division of Emergency Management.

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