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

Irma's Second Florida Landfall Hits Marco Island With Heavy Winds, Surge

Irma's Second Florida Landfall Hits Marco Island With Heavy Winds, Surge

Weather officials warn that Irma is expected to keep producing high winds and heavy rain, although it has weakened.

The strong force of Hurricane Irma's winds has lifted a plane on the tarmac's nose into the air at an airport as the storm makes landfall in Marco Island, Florida.

About 5.8 million people are without power in Florida.

A large military airborne relief operation was being prepared to take help to the islands, which are linked by a dramatic series of bridges and causeways from Key Largo nearly 160 km southwest to the city of Key West, Monroe County Emergency Director Martin Senterfitt told a teleconference. Most businesses were closed in Savannah, where a smattering of homes and storefronts had plywood covering their windows. The center defined maximum sustained winds at 85 miles per hour (135 km/h). Even as the storm tracked inland, cities along the Atlantic coast, such as Charleston and Savannah, saw strong offshore winds push water up into coastal rivers, flooding parts of their downtowns.

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Local newscasters spent all weekend chasing the storm, but in the age of social media the most harrowing footage of Hurricane Irma comes from individuals in the region.

Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy said Monday afternoon in Jacksonville that "there are basically whitecaps here", standing in what was a typical city street before the floods began. "We can not be there right after the storm". "It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely", he said in a statement.

Two cranes have collapsed in high winds in the city. Florida also has the most golf courses of any state in the USA, with more than 1,250.

"He said he'll be praying for us". "We will work on those at first light". The Miami-Dade Police Department announced Sunday morning that they were pulling deputies from off the streets during the storm and would briefly be unable to respond to emergency calls. That was enough power to knock down cell towers, damage roofs and uproot trees. The officials also instructed residents to beware of downed power lines.

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Almost 4,000,000 people were without power throughout the state and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), William Long, informed that some places will be without electricity for weeks.

He added that after the storm passes, FEMA won't be in the area immediately because they need to ensure roads are clear so trucks can get through, which is why he told residents to have enough supplies for three days.

The National Weather Service said southeast Georgia could see 8 to 15 inches (20 to 38 centimeters) of rain, with Irma spreading lesser amounts of rainfall into portions of Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. "It's going to continue to get worse". Before hitting Florida, Irma left at least 34 people dead in several island nations.

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No injuries were reported in either case. - As many as 5.7 million customers are without power across Florida, according to Gov. By the time we crossed the state border, the rain and wind had picked up and the hurricane warning kept beeping on the radio.

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