Some 6.7 million customers still without power after Irma
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 14, 2017,
Sep 14, 2017, 6:50
Fort Lauderdale police arrested nine people they said were caught on TV cameras looting sneakers and other items from a sporting goods store and a pawn shop during the hurricane.
If you aren't caught up, here's what happened on Sunday: When Irma was still a healthy Category 3 and 4-force hurricane in South Florida, its outer winds blew from the northeast into Tampa Bay, pushing the water out to the Gulf of Mexico.
"You saw the doors moving, the chandeliers shaking".
The storm was still hurling 70 miles per hour winds Monday morning, pummeling cities in northeast Florida that had not expected to feel its full wrath.
"Actually in the middle of the hurricane, water was coming over that patio right there and right through here", he said from a common area inside the B&B.
In any case, forecasters said the shear environment will keep the hurricane relatively weak, with maximum expected winds of 80 miles per hour throughout the next few days.
The leading edge of the huge storm bent palm trees and spit rain across South Florida, knocking out power to more than 170,000 homes and businesses, as the eye approached Key West. Tornadoes were also spotted through the southern part of the state. Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.
Hurricane Irma made demand for gas go through the roof, as the people of Florida topped off their tanks, evacuated from their homes and filled gas cans to power generators. To get the state's gas and fuel supply flowing again, the state is working with the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers to open ports to gas tankers, Gov. Rick Scott said. Even with slow weakening likely to continue as the storm passes over land, Irma remains very serious and life-threatening.
Irma was back over water as it closed in on mainland Florida, weakening still but spreading much wider - to more than 640km in girth - whipping the entire peninsula with winds of 60km/h or more. But flooded streets remained, and the count of damaged and totaled homes ticked upward. And a woman was killed when a tree struck her vehicle in Cumming. The bridges and USA 1 are safe to travel, officials said.
Waves poured over a Miami seawall, flooding streets waist-deep in places around Brickell Avenue, which runs a couple of blocks from the waterfront through the financial district and past foreign consulates.
"We'll never get in", Jamilla Bartley lamented in the parking lot. "It's like being on a ship".
Florida: About 4.4 million customers - which includes homes, organizations and businesses - are without power across the state, authorities said.
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association CEO and Director General Frank Comito told CTV's Your Morning that getting as much information as possible is essential if your travel plans intersect with Irma's path of destruction.
Before making landfall in Florida, Hurricane Irma broke records on its relentless churn through the Caribbean. She feared for her canal-facing home. The damage in his city and in his neighborhood on Cudjoe Key didn't match those dire numbers, he said.
"You can call it weird; I might call it unusual or unique", said Rick Luettich, director of the Institute of Marine Studies at the University of North Carolina.
In the U.S. alone, almost seven million people were told to evacuate, and 13 million Floridians were left without power in hot steamy weather. It had the second-highest cyclone energy of all recorded Atlantic hurricanes, trailing only Ivan.
US President Donald Trump, acting at the governor's request, approved a major disaster declaration for Florida on Sunday, freeing up emergency federal aid in response to Irma, which he called "some big monster". Reverse storm surge is the opposite of it.