Residents start to return to Florida

Faith Castro
September 12, 2017

"We have very serious, significant river flooding along the banks of the St. Johns River".

CNN's Derek Van Dam, reporting from Miami Beach, said the roaring winds felt like a jet engine. "This is when we are Tampa strong".

South of Jacksonville, in Clay County, people were being rescued from flooded homes.

Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys and south Florida early Sunday morning as a powerful category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.

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Large debris is blocking access, and a 150-foot stretch "has some buckling", Newman said.

"There's no electricity throughout the Keys".

The National Weather Service's Bill South stayed behind in Key West to work with first responders.

But there was some good news: There are no known fatalities on the Keys, Newman said. A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages held at around 3.6 million for much of Monday morning.

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However, Irma is expected to fizzle out over land while Hurricane Jose will make a loop before moving west again.

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

Florida Governor Scott said he spoke with Trump this morning. On Tybee Island east of Savannah, City Manager Shawn Gillen said waters were receding quickly, but numerous 3,000 residents' homes were flooded. So, I ask everybody to - the most important thing is to pray for us. Local officials will let you know when it is safe to go out. Some 6.3 million people were instructed to evacuate in Florida alone, according to The Telegraph.

"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".

But before reaching the U.S., Irma achieved a number of records that will have meteorologists talking about it for years to come. The storm's wind speeds were measured near 300 kilometers per hour at one time.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties in his state ahead of Irma. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.

Irma was ranked a Category 5, the rare top end of the scale of hurricane intensity, for days, and carried maximum sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour (295 kph) when it crashed into Barbuda island on Wednesday.

Harvey killed at least 60 people and caused an estimated $180bn in property damage.

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