Power Out For More Than 60 Percent Of Florida Homes And Businesses

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13 September, 2017

Hurricane Irma is getting weaker as it moves over the western Florida peninsula after hitting the state Sunday as a Category 4 storm.

It'll take more time for others, including Key West, Naples and Jacksonville dealing with wind, surge and river flooding.

O'Neil climbed on the hood of her vehicle to get a better look and found humor in her devastation. The hashtag "Recover813" is being utilized on social media to help officials see the scale of damage caused by the storm.

Approximately 6.3 million people in Florida were ordered to evacuate their homes due Hurricane Irma. The powerful storm ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

In a worst-case scenario, the spent fuel could release radiation if exposed to the air, but Scott Burnell of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that was extremely unlikely. All we can do is be thankful to find a safe place to hunker down and wait to see what is unleashed.

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

"We are still without water, power, sewer, gas and cell service", she said. Streets flooded, and flying objects such as coconuts turned into risky projectiles.

Lakeland police said in a Facebook post that officers rescued the family of four early Monday as water reached the children's auto seats. "It's going to be a massive cleanup", the mayor said.

Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

"I am concerned about people that don't believe in the storm surge", said Virginia Defreeuw, 76, who fled her mobile home in Naples to a shelter.

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.

Georgia Power offered the following tips and resources for customers to make use of before, during and after the storm.

Hurricane Irma's eyewall slammed into the lower Florida Keys, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said. "All the beauty (is) kind of got sucked out of the city". And it could be a week until it's restored, Barnett said.

Overnight, Irma was downgraded to a category 2 storm, but continued to wreak havoc along the west coast.

"It is risky to be walking out there", according to a Tampa city official. Controversy arose on Sunday afternoon after Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said Buckhorn did not have the authority to call for such a curfew.

One woman in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood delivered her own baby because emergency responders were unable to reach her, the city of Miami said on Twitter. The National Weather Service says the flooding has exceeded the previous 1964 flooding caused by Hurricane Dora by at least a foot, as of Monday morning.


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