Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Buildings Sway in High Winds as Florida Goes Dark

Buildings Sway in High Winds as Florida Goes Dark

A lake wind advisory remains in effect throughout the state, and a high-wind watch for Midlands counties for tropical storm force winds is in effect through Monday evening.

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

In addition, the hurricane center say tornadoes are possible across northeastern Florida, southeasternGeorgia, and SC through Monday night.

It was the first time the eye of a Category 5 storm had made landfall in Cuba since 1932, state media said, and the island's Communist government ordered the evacuation of more than a million people from its path. Authorities are still surveying damage from the record-breaking storm, and this story will be updated as more details emerge.

"I was just riding the storm out, like many people here in Downtown Miami", said resident Gideon Ape, who heard the crane crack.

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Tropical storm warnings have been discontinued for the Florida Keys and surrounding areas, and the storm surge warning is discontinued for the Keys and Miami areas.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm from a hurricane to tropical storm Monday morning as it reached the northern parts of the state. The risky storm surge "will rush in and could kill you".

Georgia reported more than 570,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and there were 80,000 in SC.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday the president also spoke with the governors of Alabama, Georgia and SC. They told Florida residents if they see a break in the storm, they're still not to leave their houses.

Sustained winds will be 30 to 40 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour when the winds peak.

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Hurricane Irma weakened as it pummeled Florida - but the storm still packed a powerful punch, spawning torrential downpours, tornadoes and flash floods.

The NHC said the storm "is still life-threatening with unsafe storm surge, wind and heavy rains".

Storm surge: Large portions of Marco Island were flooded by a 3- to 4-foot storm surge, said Chris Bowden, spokesman for the Marco Island Fire Department. "It's not going to be what you're seeing in Tampa", he said.

Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.

Several of the Orlando, Florida, theme parks that are popular with tourists around the world have plans to reopen now that Hurricane Irma has moved out of the state.

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South Carolina Electric & Gas reported more than 13,000 customers without service Monday morning.

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