February 24 2018

Irma to bring heavy winds

February 24 2018, 06:00 | Van Peters

Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma blows through the streets

Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma blows through the streets

Heavy rains and wind gusts reportedly in excess of 150 miles per hour still wreaked havoc on the region as millions in the storm's path were ordered to evacuate.

Hurricane Irma knocked down power in dozens of Florida counties, leaving as many as 6.5 million customers without power Monday, the state's emergency management agency reported.

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Now a tropical storm, the system is still capable of producing hurricane-strength gusts, and maximum sustained winds of about 70 miles per hour. More than 200,000 people sought refuge in about 700 shelters, according to state data. The storm caused extensive damage in the Florida Keys and record flooding almost 400 miles north in Jacksonville, according to The Associated Press.

According to ABC News, seven people have died in Florida due to the storm.

Trees bend in the tropical storm wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits the southern part of the state September 10 in Fort Lauderdale. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning.

The damage caused by these two storms may well make 2017 the most costly year on record in monetary terms when it comes to hurricanes in the US. She said other counties in Alabama will see Irma's remnants as well. "Additional slow weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon".

Communities along the Georgia coast are seeing extensive flooding from Tropical Storm Irma. The second one, in Marco Island, left the island without water and power, authorities said.

Florida's largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but still suffered heavy flooding.

A timelapse video released by NASA shows Hurricane Irma's path over the course of ten days, showing how it moved from the Atlantic, over the Caribbean and to Florida.

"It's bad now. It's going to continue to get worse", National Weather Service meteorologist Angie Enyedi said at a morning briefing.

The high pressure that brought fall-like weather to the state over the weekend will still keep things dry here on Monday, but clouds will gradually move in from the south.

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