March 22 2018

Hurricane Irma weakens to tropical depression

March 22 2018, 03:52 | Sammy Rose

Hurricane Irma weakens to tropical depression

Hurricane Irma weakens to tropical depression

Meanwhile, the remains of Hurricane Irma are nothing more than a tropical depression as it continues to weaken over land.

Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-hit Florida Keys as officials pieced together the scope of Irma's destruction and aid rushed into the drenched and debris-strewn state.

The National Hurricane Center said storm-surge warnings could remain in effect for Tampa and other areas for days as Irma churns up the gulf.

The Cuban government reported on Monday that 10 people had been killed after Irma battered the island's north coast with ferocious winds and 11-metre waves over the weekend. Road repairs were promised in the coming days. The Cuban victims died from causes ranging from electrocution to drowning, building collapse and a balcony falling on a bus, authorities there said. Piles of brush and branches are blocking some roads.

"These are all material things that can be replaced", Freeman said.

"I got the walls up ... going to have to rebuild it", he told Qujano.

Irma flooded streets, spawned tornadoes, knocked out power to millions of people across the state and snapped massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline. They headed back out later in the day. Drinking water supplies in the Keys were cut off, fuel was running low and all three hospitals in the island chain were shuttered.

A USA aircraft carrier and other Navy ships have been sent to assist, according to the AP. The highest it ever got in Tampa Bay was two feet.

On Tuesday morning, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the city, with nearby St Augustine also seeing flooding. She did not have a count on how many. The U.S. military deployed Navy ships and aircraft and hundreds of Marines to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year.

"There are still 9 bridges that need final inspections".

'The storm surge occurs in what we tend to call the dirty side of the storm, ' he said. Most of the outages are in Savannah, Ga., and the surrounding areas. Several people are without power today, but crews have already been working toward restoring that power and hope to be able to do so as soon as possible.

"What we think we'll see on the west coast is a wholesale rebuild of our electric grid", Robert Gould, Florida Power & Light's vice president and chief communications officer, told ABC News. However, the once strongest storm in the history of Atlantic has caused a lot of trouble to the residents of the sunshine state.

School was canceled in communities around Georgia, where more than 1.2 million customers were still without power Tuesday.

"The important thing is that we're fine", he said, acknowledging his family members in SC who were also impacted by Irma. He said he doesn't know whether the water would have crested had the water not receded. Homes have been damaged and in many cases destroyed.

'The wind literally pushes the water up against the shoreline.

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