Emergency Teams Uncover Devastation On Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma 2017 Storm Surges What Is A Storm Surge

Hurricane Irma 2017 Storm Surges What Is A Storm Surge

At the end of last week Florida was bracing itself for one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, but this week it is clear the USA state was spared much of the predicted devastation.

The storm, moving north around 14 miles per hour, is expected to weaken as it pushes along the Florida Peninsula.

Amy Phuong, parks and recreation commissioner for the city, says six crews already were handling calls for felled trees around the city Monday afternoon, as winds and rain began to intensify. Forecasters say the storm is likely to follow a similar northern trajectory on its way to Tampa.

Irma hit South Florida on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Shawn Gillen, Tybee Island's city manager, said waters appeared to be receding quickly but the flooding was extensive on the island of more than 3,000 residents.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said Monday that people had been killed in the Keys, where almost 80,000 permanent residents live, apart from one already known fatality.

Meanwhile, in Hardee County, sheriff's Deputy Julie Bridges, a 13-year veteran driving home after working at an evacuation shelter, and Sgt. Joseph Ossman, who had been with the Florida Department of Corrections for 21 years, both died in an early morning head-on crash. If the storm caused the crash is still being investigated.

Residents have fled large parts of Florida due to the threat of extreme winds and flash flooding.

Hurricane Irma weakens to a tropical storm after tearing through southwest Florida.

He streamed live as torrential rain and violent wind moved into the Keys late Saturday night.

As the storm weakens as it heads towards Georgia, outages have levelled off or even declined at some Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

- Strong winds blowing from the northeast pushed water out of shallow parts of bays and harbors in cities like Tampa and Port Charlotte.

"We are still without water, power, sewer, gas and cell service", she said.

- Two tornadoes touched down in Brevard County, Florida, destroying mobile homes in their path, officials said. Brock said no injuries had been reported.

Many stations were still without power as 70 percent of Seminole County and 50 percent of customers in Orange County are without electricity as of Tuesday morning, according to Florida disaster officials.

The federal help includes temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans for uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover in the counties of Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota.

"We are very happy the hurricane went someplace else - the main force of it", McMaster said Tuesday and what he planned to be his last briefing on Irma. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are. As the eyewall passed by, the storm surge flooded the streets.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday. The governor also ordered that the state government be shut Monday and Tuesday "for all employees except essential personnel".

It made landfall in Florida on 10 September as a Category 4 hurricane.

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