Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Dramatic image shows where Hurricane Irma may be headed

Dramatic image shows where Hurricane Irma may be headed

Neither city has suffered a major hurricane in almost a century.

While Harvey dawdled for several days over southeast Texas, dumping as much as 30 to 50 inches of rain in the Houston area, including a US continental record rainfall of 51.88 inches at Cedar Bayou, inland wind gusts were not as strong as those generated by Hurricane Irma.

Irma is expected to sap demand for fuel for a time, Goldman Sachs analysts said in a note on Monday, but they cautioned that supply could remain strained because of refining capacity offline after Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas two weeks ago. Marco Rubio warned during a visit to the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center.

"Despite the fact that we may not take a direct hit, the worst of the weather is yet to come", he said. If you're in shelter or other safe location - stay there. "Driving conditions are going to be bad".

With sustained winds of 65 mph and centered about 70 miles east of Tallahassee, Irma is carrying its fierce winds and battering rain over southern Georgia.

The rain and winds were expected to last through the night.

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Waters should begin rising between 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday along the eastern side of the islands and from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. on the west side, said hurricane specialist Mike Brennan.

John Huston, who stayed in his Key Largo home, watched his yard flood even before the arrival of high tide. "I'm originally from Miami, and I definitely wanted to see the beach", said one woman.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the United States", said Chris McGrath, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light.

A storm surge warning has been issued for much of the Florida Peninsula and extended into southern Carolina.

The winds tore the air conditioner from his restaurant's roof, he said, adding that the storm surge added to the danger. Tampa's storm surge could be between five and eight feet.

The high pressure that brought fall-like weather to the state over the weekend will still keep things dry here on Monday, but clouds will gradually move in from the south. At midday Saturday, the plywood sheets and metal window shutters so ubiquitous in South Florida were still comparatively rare in St. Petersburg.

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About two dozen vehicles filled with people hoping to return home after fleeing the Florida Keys, where Irma roared ashore on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour, lined up near the entrance to the highway that connects the archipelago to the mainland with a series of bridges and causeways. A storm surge of over 10 feet (3 meters) was recorded in the Keys, and forecasters warned some places on the mainland could get up to 15 feet of water.

Crews are mobilized and on alert with utility companies in other states, including Georgia and Alabama.

Hurricane Irma continues to tear through the Caribbean, leaving death and destruction in its wake, and the latest forecast path of the storm means unsafe news for the state of Florida. At least three people in the state were killed by the storm. It struck the island as a Category 5 storm and moved away as a Category 3.

The scene in Jacksonville was a culmination of Irma's rampage across the state, beginning with its first landfall on Sunday in Cudjoe Key.

But not much news has emerged since Irma reached Cuba.

Long said his biggest concern is when people fail to listen to early warnings from local government officials and then try to make a last-ditch effort to try to get to a shelter or another facility that will withstand severe winds.

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