Hurricane Jose still a potential threat to Florida after Hurricane Irma

A Hurricane Warning has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as for the Florida Keys and Florida Bay.

Irma turned Jacksonville's Memorial Park into an unrecognizable lake.

One of the hardest hit areas on the USA mainland has been Jacksonville metro, with wind gusts from 80 to 90 miles per hour downing multiple trees at the National Weather Service office.

The Florida Keys, in the wake of a Hurricane Irma, is a 115-mile stretch of paradise that has been overwhelmed with debris and destruction.

South believes the hardest hit areas will be between Big Coppitt Key and Marathon with the brunt focused on the island of Big Pine Key.

The National Hurricane Center has verified Klotzbach's tally of Irma's place in history, adding that some of the figures could change when the formal Tropical Cyclone Report is released later this year.

Officials in Tampa, which was expected to receive a direct hit from the storm, say the city managed to avoid catastrophe. More than a quarter of the population was ordered to evacuate.

Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored.

Monroe County would reopen road access on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) for residents and business owners from Key Largo, the main island at the upper end of the chain, as well as the towns of Tavernier and Islamorada farther to the south, fire officials said. "We have to give the proper authorities the opportunity to go down and evaluate the danger and address the danger".

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About 2ft of water has been seen in Miami's financial district, where one major street resembled a river, but the worst damage is expected on the west coast. The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about September 17, while customers on the state's west coast should expect most power to be restored by September 22.

Scott said some may be breathing in relief that worst part of the storm has passed the South Florida area, but he said it is still a risky situation, with power lines down and debris everywhere.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state.

Some schools were closed Tuesday and at least 25 other districts planned to open later than usual, Cooper said.

Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, killing at least 28 people.

This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year.

Hurricane Harvey plowed into Houston late last month, killing about 60 and wreaking some $180 billion in damage, largely through flooding.

At 914 mb, Irma was the lowest pressure reached by an Atlantic hurricane outside of the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico on record, and was the lowest minimum central pressure since Hurricane Dean in 2007.

  • Leroy Wright