He also spoke before state and local officials had begun to assess the damage.
Ward says between 400 and 500 homes received severe flood damage but there have been no serious injuries or deaths. "Don't go out and play in it", he said.
The storm made landfall in the continental United States on Sunday after ripping through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm late last week.
"We went to Home Depot and Lowe's just to get plywood and water", she said. "That is the kind of spirit that is going on here in Florida".
CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said the severity of the storm surge depended on which side of the storm Tampa was on.
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Yeah, there will definitely be nerves and being anxious. "And once you get out there and start going, those things calm down". Having played for the 2007 Patriots, Russ Hochstein knows first-hand the challenges inherent in completing a ideal season.
Forecast models had anticipated Irma turning north earlier than it did, Jones said. He thanked FEMA and the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the agency, for their efforts, and encouraged officials to also stay focused on the post-Harvey recovery.
That risk extended to the coast of Georgia and parts of SC.
The center of Irma should move near or over the southwest and west coast of the Florida Peninsula later Sunday through Sunday tonight.
Speaking at a ceremony at the Pentagon to mark the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, president Donald Trump pledged the full resources of the federal government to help those affected by the recent flooding.
Honig said he doesn't know when or at what level the storm surge will stop. "I think the issue will be the power issues and the magnitude of the power issues", Buckhorn said, adding that he's hopeful that process will take days, not weeks.
Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday. "No cell service in at least the lower and middle Keys", said Bill South of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 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.
Jose strengthens into hurricane in Atlantic Ocean
Aid workers have described the desperate efforts to evacuate Haiti and the Dominican Republic before Hurricane Irma strikes. Meanwhile, Irma has killed one person and has left behind "total devastation" in the tiny Caribbean Island of Barbuda .
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She's already nearly all the way back to where she was before a foot injury suffered last summer required surgery in January. Open semi-final, Stephens put her post-match press conference on hold because an insect had flown into her personal space.
NFL: Dolphins-Bucs will not be played in Miami this week
Bucs-Dolphins game likely to be rescheduled for Week 11 (Nov. 19), when both teams have a bye, per @JeffDarlington . We expect the league officials to take some time and weigh in on those factors that will determine the decision.
Kohli fires India to seven-wicket T20 win
After the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara from the gentlemen's cricket game, the team facing many struggles. And the bowler, whose stock delivery turns like a leg-break to a right-hander, teamed up brilliantly with Yuzhvendra Chahal.
Quad City native advances to semifinals of US Open
Keys crunched a slider serve for set point then cracked a 100 miles per hour service victor snatching the 29-minute opening set. Vandeweghe , 25, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., had never made it past the second round in adult singles play at the U.S.
Sooners do nice job of disguising weapons for Ohio State
Mayfield finished a distant third , although both he and his top receiver, Dede Westbrook, were invited to NY as finalists. Ohio State hosts Oklahoma in a game that pairs teams ranked second and fifth in this week's Associated Press poll.