Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

More than 1M without power in Florida

More than 1M without power in Florida

The Florida Keys took a direct hit from Irma at one of the storm's most powerful points.

The storm was still hurling violent winds, pummeling cities in northeast Florida that had not expected to feel its full wrath.

A broad swath of the region will likely experience continuous tropical storm-force winds for several hours Monday.

Now, the entire Georgia coast is under a storm surge warning as Irma continues its destructive march north.

Trump has spoken regularly to Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, both Republicans, and spoke on Sunday with U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat, the White House said. Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down.

More than 1.6 million homes and businesses in south Florida were without power from Hurricane Irma on Sunday, the state's largest utility said, and repairs to its system will take weeks, threatening to leave millions in the dark. Greg, thanks so much for joining us. So that's affecting a lot of territory here in Florida.

Oil Rises as US Refineries Restart, Irma Wanes
That has raised concerns about demand, as storms tend to cut down on driving, particularly as many cars have been destroyed. Benchmark Brent crude has lost 6 per cent this year and was trading at $53.81 a barrel at 11.10am UAE time on Tuesday.

Flooded streets, damaged homes are what Floridians from Jacksonville to Key West woke up to on Monday.

Chatham County remains under a flash flood watch, storm surge warning, hurricane watch and tropical storm warning.

Jim Kossin, an atmospheric scientist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told Wired: "Irma is anomalous". By midafternoon, it was advancing at about 12 miles per hour toward Florida's southwestern corner, which includes Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota.

The almost 400-mile-wide storm is expected to make a slow, ruinous march up Florida's west coast, straight toward the heavily populated Tampa-St Petersburg area by Monday morning.

If the track holds, Irma should be just south of Tampa Bay as a major hurricane early Monday morning.

"We have seen significant numbers of evacuees stopping at our interstate visitor centers and rest areas seeking lodging, and there are few hotel rooms remaining available", said Mike Sprayberry, director of N.C. Emergency Management.

Hurricane Jose expected to weaken over next 48 hours
The movement of a large area of high pressure, or clockwise flow of air in the atmosphere, will guide Jose along this week. A complicated high-altitude environment over the Atlantic Ocean is what is causing Jose to wobble around the Atlantic.

So there's concern that structures there might not be as strongly built as some of - more down in South Florida.

The eye of the storm - which is the size of France - struck the U.S. on Sunday.

A northwest motion is expected to begin later today with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday.

"You've just got to have plenty of beer, Captain Morgan, vodka, (and) you'll get through", said Griffin, 52. "You won't make it turn around (and) it will have very unsafe side effects". And then as it shifted west, a lot of people here kind of relaxed a little bit.

"We have very serious, significant river flooding along the banks of the St. Johns River". The hashtag "Recover813" is being utilized on social media to help officials see the scale of damage caused by the storm. Some areas were expecting water 10-15 feet above ground level. We saw a lot of trees down. "It's the road. It's being able to get supplies down", Newman said.

Irma Weakens to Tropical Depression - National Hurricane Center
In Redington Shores west of Tampa, Carl Roberts spent a sleepless night riding out Irma in his 17th-floor beachfront condo. Forecasters had expected the center of the storm to strike the Miami area, but now the path has shifted west to Tampa.

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