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

Hurricane-force winds expected across Tampa Bay; warnings in effect

Hurricane-force winds expected across Tampa Bay; warnings in effect

It could be many weeks before all customers are restored.

While the winds were impressive, the storm surge was incredible, too!

In the Tampa Bay area, access to all of Pinellas County's barrier islands, including the popular spring break destination of Clearwater Beach, was shut off.

Forecasters project Irma will meander its way toward Florida's western coast off Fort Myers through the day Sunday, as the hurricane's eye wall reaches the Tampa Bay area.

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Around the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, where Irma rolled through early Monday, damage appeared modest.

When you wake up Sunday morning, Hurricane Irma will still not have passed, even though waiting for the dreaded storm has already felt interminable. But some around Florida are choosing to stay, a rite of passage for many in the state who boast about the storms they weathered: Camille, Andrew, Katrina and others. That is a storm surge, basically like a wall of water, like a pancake of water'.

The city appeared to avoid a direct hit from the hurricane, which has claimed three lives in the U.S. so far, but heavy rain and flooding is still a major threat.

There are fears storm surges of 3m to 4.5m could engulf houses in low-lying coastal areas and cause devastating flooding. "These shelters will provide a temporary safe place for people and their pets to rest as they wait for Hurricane Irma to pass". "But if you don't need to be on the road, don't be on the road".

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Glynn County officials are reminding residents the mandatory evacuation order remains in effect and that the water system on St. Thompson added that the dynamics of Hurricane Irma will actually lead to warmer and drier weather here in MI in the coming days.

'All of America continues, I must say, to pray for the families affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, which looks like it's going to be a really bad one, but we're prepared, ' Trump said.

"It's enormously important that every American in the path of this storm take the warnings of state and local officials to heart", Pence said. "It's bigger than our state".

The National Weather Service warned Florida residents to wait to start recovery efforts until after the winds die down and the roadways are cleared. Winds up to 120 miles per hour are possible, especially late Sunday into early Monday morning. Ocean levels and high waves there could surge as high as 15 feet.

Florida was already under the emergency state for nearly a week after the hurricane warnings were kept in place.

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Meyer said that although the last flight at FLL took off at 7:45 p.m., workers stayed on site until everything is taken care of. CBS North Carolina caught up with some of the people flying into RDU International Airport Thursday.

For the latest information, follow our live feed of Hurricane Irma.

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