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

Hurricane Jose still lurking in Atlantic; looping track in forecast

Hurricane Jose still lurking in Atlantic; looping track in forecast

Authorities sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to help with search-and-rescue operations in Florida on Monday as a flyover of the hurricane-battered Keys yielded what the governor said were scenes of devastation.

The storm is expected to move north Monday, heading toward Fort Myers and Tampa.

Irma's downgrade from a hurricane to a tropical storm Monday did nothing to quell the threat of more destruction in the coming hours. The storm passed just north of the islands on Saturday, Sept. 9, and is now about 300 miles northeast of Turks and Caicos, with top sustained winds of 100 mph.

The hurricane, once a fearsome Category 5 when it smashed into several Caribbean islands last week, was reduced to remnants with top sustained winds of 15 miles per hour (24 kph) early Tuesday.

A Capital Region native who recently moved to Florida chose to ride out Hurricane Irma in his new home.

Storm surges also swamped some coastal areas in Georgia and SC.

A collapsed construction crane is seen in Downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida on September 10, 2017. More than 180,000 people huddled in shelters.

Irma hit Miami with 209kph winds and is now heading towards the Tampa Bay area on Florida's west coast, where almost 455,000 residents are preparing for impact.

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It had been struggling in the water, before getting trapped by the rocks. "We were down on the beach for lunch with my family. Another onlooker, Alex Martiniuk, tweeted: "Shark in Manly bower pool right now".

But when it came to the west coast of the peninsula, the storm was not as destructive as some had originally feared, Scott said. "I hope everybody continues to pray for our state".

About 60cm of water has been seen in Miami's financial district, where one major street resembled a river, but the worst damage is expected on the west coast. We have roads that are impassable.

The widespread outages stretch from the Florida Keys all the way into central Florida.

Kerry Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said, "The storm was weakened by its passage over Cuba, its eye went through the central Keys, where I'm sure it did a awful amount of damage".

Rick Scott "all the federal resources" he needs to help offset the damage from Hurricane Irma, according to an interview with "Fox and Friends" Monday.

For those wanting to get back to the Sunshine State, all airports remain closed as of this entry and power is out to over half the state.

"Florida will get through this", he said.

Hurricane Irma is expected to travel north early this week, with Georgia and SC in the path of impact. Are you or anyone you know affected?

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