No other state gets hit by hurricanes as often as Florida
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 12, 2017,
Sep 12, 2017, 22:23
Hurricane Irma weakened as it pummeled Florida - but the storm still packed a powerful punch, spawning torrential downpours, tornadoes and flash floods.
More than 2.1 million customers have lost power in Florida with Hurricane Irma striking the state.
Gov. Nathan Deal is urging Georgians to have a healthy fear of Hurricane Irma. After leaving the coast of Cuba, Irma had barrelled through the Florida Keys, a chain of low-lying islands to the south, on Sunday morning.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles from the center.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, NHCs rainfall forecast shows possible rain amounts from Irma over the next five days.
A Carolina or Georgia coast landfall is still possible, but at this time, the chances for that happening are decreasing.
The storm has weakened to a tropical storm with 70 miles per hour winds, according to the 8 a.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center. Wind hazards from Irma are expected to spread northward along the coast of Georgia and SC where a hurricane watch has been issued..
Trump said the U.S. Coast Guard had been heroic and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was doing a good job to help coordinate the response with states. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.
"We have very serious, significant river flooding along the banks of the St. Johns River".
"You're on your own until we can actually get in there and it's safe", he told CNN. A day later, it had weakened to a tropical storm, but still brought risky storm surge flooding to Jacksonville. In southern Georgia, winds could gust up to 100 miles per hour.
That storm will then work its way to metro Atlanta.
"Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees and then you can get out there and determine what happened to your individual property or your neighborhood", said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. "Here is Miami International Airport", he wrote.
Some businesses are suspending their operations and closing early on Monday. Officials are also reporting three deaths in Georgia related to the storm. Production is expected to resume on Wednesday.
Hillsborough and Pinellas counties can see the same wind speeds with a greater risk for tornadoes in the northeast portion of Hillsborough County. We have a county-by-county guide. High winds pushed choppy waves over the seawall in the Battery, a historic site popular with tourists in Charleston.
On Friday, the utility warned Irma could impact around 4.1 million customers, but that was before the storm track shifted away from the eastern side of the state where FPL's customers are concentrated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Roche said he did not anticipate such Wind Advisories being necessary for the Mountain State later this week.