Irma power outages in S Carolina up to 250000
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 12, 2017,
Sep 12, 2017, 19:03
People inspect damaged buildings in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept 11, 2017.
"This is not a one-day event", Curry said.
The storm has moved past Florida and is heading toward Georgia and Alabama but peek says his job is still not complete. In addition, the authorities in Florida have confirmed that at least three people were killed by Irma in the state.
Over in Florida's neighboring Peach State, power outages surpassed half a million. That's more than the population of NY and Los Angeles combined.
Gastesi says they are "prepared for the worst".
State media reported about 1 million people were evacuated from high-risk flood areas.
The storm spent 3.25 days as a category 5 hurricane, the longest in the satellite era (i.e., since 1966), and tying with the 1932 Hurricane of Santa Cruz del Sur for the longest category 5 lifetime ever.
Irma has devastated Florida, the third most populous US state.
Northeastern Florida cities including Jacksonville were flooding on Monday, with city sheriffs pulling residents from waist-deep water. It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages. "It's disgusting what we saw. It has just begun, and it's going to get worse". The governor said the route also needs to be cleared of debris and sand, but should be usable fairly quickly.
Warnings of unsafe storm surges remained in effect through vast swaths of peninsular Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma in one of the biggest evacuations in U.S. history. "But hey, you live by the ocean ... you got to take chances".
Doppler radar from the National Weather Service now shows the entire state of Georgia being drenched in rain from Tropical Storm Irma.