February 21, 2018

Florida Governor Warns "Leave Now" as Category 4 Irma Approaches Coast

12 September 2017, 06:46 | Katie Chavez

Joey Schulman's family hasn't heard from her since Sunday when she called them on a borrowed cell phone

Joey Schulman's family hasn't heard from her since Sunday when she called them on a borrowed cell phone

The National Hurricane Center said that although Irma is weakening, the storm is "expected to remain a hurricane at least through Monday morning" as it moves along Florida's west coast.

And Jose could produce up to an inch of additional rainfall on the island of Anguilla throughout the evening, which "will maintain any ongoing flooding", the hurricane center said.

Warnings have been issued from the South Santee River southward to the Juper Inlet and on the peninsula from North Miami Beach to the Ochlockonee River, including the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay. Oftentimes when something like this occurs it becomes difficult to find a new date for the game to be played, but the Seminoles and Hurricanes had a perfect scenario here for everything that's going on.

More than 1 million residents had already lost power by Sunday morning, and it could be days before officials can provide food and water to those struggling in the aftermath of the powerful storm.

Parts of Miami are underwater after being battered by Hurricane Irma with winds of up to 130mph tearing through the city in the so-called "sunshine state" of Florida. The Carolinas and Georgia have also declared emergencies. "The country is well prepared for hurricanes and people don't seem to be too worried", said Mr Leone Ganado, who happens to be on the island on holiday.

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida, along the state's central eastern coast, closed yesterday in preparation for Irma's arrival.

Barry Schulman
Florida Governor Warns "Leave Now" as Category 4 Irma Approaches Coast

The storm winds downed a construction crane and shook tall buildings in Miami, which was about 150km from Irma's core.

The storm led to power outages across the state, with Florida Power & Light reporting that over 2.1 million customers are without power.

The severe weather is also understood to have caused a crash in which a man has died in a pickup truck.

The storm has fluctuated between Category 5 and 3 level hurricane strength, but has maintained most of its form, despite rolling over several small islands.

The leading edge of the immense storm bent palm trees and spit rain across South Florida, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, as the eye approached Key West.

Rick Scott warned Saturday, "This is a life threatening situation".

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