Million Florida Homes And Businesses Remain Without Power After Hurricane Irma

Florida officials are urging people to stay in their homes and shelters, even if it looks like Hurricane Irma has passed.

Jacksonville, Florida was devastated by storm surge.

And Florida Hospital, a health provider in the state, said it plans to reopen many of its impacted facilities on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Irma is already uprooting trees and turning streets into rivers. A strike near Tampa could cause as much as $250bn in damage.

The storm's impact was widespread.

Long made clear that residents living in the hardest-hit areas who chose to stay in their homes despite evacuation warnings will likely not receive immediate aid from federal first responders.

The storm "generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy in a 24-hour period on record, breaking old record set by Allen" in 1980, Klotzbach says, referring to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's wind energy index.

The storm also caused destruction when it swept across Georgia and SC on Monday. "This is a life-threatening situation".

Partially submerged boats - victims of Hurricane Irma - sit in the water in a marina in downtown Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. More evacuation orders are likely to be lifted on Tuesday.

In Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who on Sunday warned residents that the city was about to get "punched in the face", said on Monday that the city had been spared the storm's worst. Then she headed inland to a friend's house. So we need to simplify the tax code, reduce taxes very substantially on the middle class, and make our business tax more globally competitive. "We'll wait until the noise is gone and until it's quiet enough for us to come out and it be OK", she told CNN on Sunday.

More than 20 Alabama counties were under a tropical storm warning Sunday, with the weather service also warning of possible flash flooding.

A partially submerged vehicle is seen at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami, Florida.

Million Florida Homes And Businesses Remain Without Power After Hurricane Irma

The sheriff's office said Golden Gate Estates and many mobile home parks across the county are also dealing with damage. No injuries were reported in either case.

Utility companies reported some 6.9mn homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida and neighboring states and said it could take weeks to fully restore service. In one station outside of Gainesville, I was able to get about two and a half gallons of gas before it ran out.

So when he ran into a blocked road in Kendall, Florida, he got out of his vehicle, brought out his ax and started chopping away at downed trees blocking the roadways, CBS Miami reports.

"There is no seawall whatsoever", Spuler said.

Almost 4.5 million homes and businesses across Florida lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.

Those who did not evacuate ahead of the storm are in danger, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Saturday.

"We're taking precautions in every area but there are certainly things that we can not control", Deal said.

The damage Irma's winds and storm surge do to Florida's 660 miles (1,060 km) of beaches and the structures built along them during more than 30 years of explosive population growth will be critical to how quickly the state's 's No. 1 industry recovers.

Two tornadoes touched down in Brevard County, on the Atlantic Coast; Miami's major airport sustained damage and remained closed; and storm surges and additional flooding were expected on the Gulf Coast.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.

Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide.

The furthermore path of Jose at present is uncertain and it is still being monitored whether Hurricane Jose will pose any major threat to the East Coast of the United States.

  • Leroy Wright