Thousands Without Power In Coastal And South Georgia From Irma

13 September, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • A container ship is seen sailing up river past the historic district of Savannah Ga. to the Port of Savannah on May 11. Savannah’s port closed ahead of Irma could reopen as early as Tuesday night or Wednesday morning

Irma seriously damaged Cuba's already dilapidated sugar industry and flooded and flattened an extensive area of sugar cane, state-run media reported on Monday.

"Irma is moving toward the north-northwest near 18 miles per hour (30 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday", the NHC said in its 05:00am Eastern update.

Charles Peek has been a storm chaser for years but says Irma was his first hurricane.

The storm is expected to make a turn toward the northeast later Monday, followed by a more easterly motion on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds around now approximately 70 miles per hour, with gusts approaching hurricane strength. Initial reports out of the regions showed catastrophic damage: an estimated 25 percent of houses in the Keys were destroyed, while another 65 percent had severe damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday. "There's devastation. I just hope everybody survived".

We're in the middle of the most active part of what's been a busy hurricane season so far.

Portions of the Florida Keys ravaged by Hurricane Irma will allow residents to return to survey damage from the monster storm, whose USA death toll rose to 11 on Tuesday.


"We're asking folks to be patient and remain sheltered in place", said St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles. The death toll from the storm also rose in the Caribbean, where at least 34 people are confirmed dead.

"We get into your Tuesday, it's not even windy anymore", he said.

The National Weather Service said Irma will leave behind cloudy, cool weather with occasional showers today in north and central Alabama.

Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction in Naples, Florida after the powerful storm churned up the state's west coast Sunday.

In Jacksonville, record-breaking flooding from Irma's storm surge continues to affect the city. But Irma's impact has surpassed what officials expected.

- In Venice, Florida, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm.

The storm affected communities miles inland from Jacksonville, as strong winds blew over part of a Chevron gas station in the city of Live Oak.

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