Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Photos and videos from Florida show the terrifying power of Hurricane Irma

Photos and videos from Florida show the terrifying power of Hurricane Irma

US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their cabinet were briefed on Hurricanes Irma and Jose, with Trump warning on Twitter that "this is a storm of enormous destructive power". "Once the storm's here, we can't evacuate anybody". By noon, meteorologists were recording 100 miles per hour wind gusts in Broward County, which includes Miramar.

Though the full extent of Irma's wrath remained unclear, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide estimated it had caused US$20 billion to US$40 billion in damage to insured properties in Florida alone.

"The threat of significant storm surge flooding along the entire west coast of Florida has increased", Scott said in a Saturday morning news conference.

"Pray for us", Florida Governor Rick Scott said in an ABC News interview as his state braced for the massive storm, which has already left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean.

Wayne Ploghoft is hunkered down on the third floor of a building on Marco Island - where catastrophic storm surges are imminent.

Marlin said many countries and people have offered help to St. Maarten, but authorities were waiting on the weather conditions to see how it could be coordinated.

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A handful of viral videos show meteorologist and storm chaser Juston Drake as he manually measured the storm's wind speeds. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Florida. "We are finding some remains", she said in an interview with CNN .

Hurricane-force winds are continuing throughout southern Florida, including the Keys.

"They told us we were in danger", said Daysi Cruz, 68, after being evacuated from her home near the seafront to go and stay with relatives.

The Category 4 strike on the Keys, following Hurricane Harvey's landfall on the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm, makes this the first year in recorded history in which two Category 4 storms hit the United States.

Florida's Tampa area may be hit with a worse storm surge because the continental shelf there is relatively shallow for as much as 90 miles offshore, said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

By Saturday evening, the sea had penetrated two blocks over parts of the city's historic seafront boulevard, and the waters were expected to advance farther as the surge grew.

- More than 1.3 million electric customers are without power, Florida Power and Light said Sunday.

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What's with all these hurricane forecast models? "We expect, given the fact the storm has slowed down, many of our customers will be out for a day or longer, given that, much like emergency responders, our crews can not get out and work".

Mass evacuations have sent throngs onto jammed highways heading north and created a severe gas shortage in some parts the state.

Approximately 44,457 SC residents are affected by the evacuations that went into effect Saturday morning on barrier islands in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties, with the vast majority on Hilton Head Island.

MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the military installation home to US Central Command, issued mandatory evacuation orders ahead of the storm's passage early on Monday, while the Kennedy Space Centre on the east coast was also closed. Also, follow our live updates here or watch unlimited CNN.

For days, forecasters had warned that Irma was taking dead aim at the Miami metropolitan area and the rest of Florida's Atlantic coast.

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