Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida

Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida

"There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along portions of the coasts of Florida, Georgia and SC, where a Storm Surge Warning remains in effect".

Irma poses a significantly bigger menace to power supplies in Florida than Hurricane Harvey did in Texas because Irma is packing 240 km/h winds that could down electric lines and close nuclear and other power plants. And, "The storm surge on top of that can literally wipe structures entirely away".

Scott has called up and sent out 7,000 National Guardsmen across the state, some of whom have been dispatched to the more than 400 shelters that have been set up.

Summers noted that the storm surge now moving in, which is accounting for some of the flooding, was not as much as officials originally anticipated. "You will not survive all of this storm surge". Still a large hurricane, its tropical storm force winds extend out 415 miles, despite weakening a bit more to 100 mph.

The Dow Jones U.S. Insurance index gained 1.5 per cent ahead of the 0.8-per-cent gain for the overall S&P 500. Higher rainfall amounts are possible in western North Carolina where three to six inches of rain will be possible. "As important as football is to all of us, these kind of events provide perspective when you're talking about life-threatening events and the aftermath ramifications".

Daylight brought an opportunity to assess the damage in South Florida, although the full extent of the devastation remains unclear. They've also moved crews to Orlando.

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Irma also snapped miles upon miles of power lines and toppled three massive construction cranes over Miami and Fort Lauderdale. President Donald Trump has signed a disaster declaration that should speed federal funding to damaged areas in Florida.

"You're on your own until we can actually get in there, and it's safe for our teams to support local and state efforts", he said during an interview with CNN.

"We don't think we're going to see the end of this until Friday", she said.

The National Weather Service said damaging winds were moving into areas including Key Biscayne and Coral Gables on Saturday morning, while gusts of up to 56 miles per hour (90 kph) were reported on Virginia Key off Miami.

"I was just riding the storm out, like many people here in Downtown Miami", said resident Gideon Ape, who heard the crane crack.

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi says relief will arrive on a C-130 military plane Monday morning at the Key West International Airport.

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