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

Irma Batters Florida, Could Retain Hurricane Strength Through Monday

Irma Batters Florida, Could Retain Hurricane Strength Through Monday

Florida's main airports have been forced to close as the latest hurricane to hit the USA bears down on the Florida coast.

What was Tropical Storm Irma, the storm downgraded from the powerful hurricane that made landfall twice in Florida, continued to lose strength on Monday as it pushed through the southern United States while dumping heavy rain. Other coastal areas were hit hard as well, with about 59,000 homes and businesses without power in St. Simons Island and Brunswick and surrounding areas. Speaking on Sunday Florida's governor Rick Scott said: "People ask what they can do for us".

The storm is continuing to move farther inland and is approaching the Georgia-Alabama border, a hurricane center forecaster says.

No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm.

"I feel like we kind of dodged bullet on this one", he said, adding that he would wait until Monday morning before trying to sleep.

Storm surge: Large portions of Marco Island were flooded by a 3- to 4-foot storm surge, said Chris Bowden, spokesman for the Marco Island Fire Department.

"A storm of this magnitude and this intensity will require us in many cases to completely rebuild our electric system, particularly on the west coast", Gould said.

Automation helps Florida Power & Light restore power along grid
FPL has restored 1 million of those 5 million outages. "It's safe to say that", said spokesman Bryan Garner. Both units at its Turkey Point facility, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Miami, were shut by early Monday.

Though Georgia is still to get the full brunt of Irma, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters at a briefing crews were already picking up "projectiles" the storm's winds were beginning to toss around.

Some 3m people live in the Tampa Bay area. As you mentioned, the power outages have been severe.

Michael Rivers of North Lauderdale, Fla., said losing power took him from "anxious before and during the storm, to bored and angry after due to the loss of's hot".

Southeast of the Triangle, there is a chance that "an isolated weak tornado or two" could form late Monday or early Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Raleigh said.

"This is how people are going to die - nobody's going to want to leave the Keys", shouted Shelby Bentley. Although downtown Fort Lauderdale was spared major damage, trees were uprooted throughout the area.

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