December 16 2017

Hurricane Irma: How those receding waters may have saved Tampa

December 16 2017, 03:05 | Geraldine Moore

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Nearly the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, with concerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges.

The governor described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage.

"There is not a gasoline shortage in the US, but instead localized challenges - power outages, impassable roads, debris - in Florida keeping gasoline supplies from where they are needed most", said Arnette.

Scott viewed the damage while flying on a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 plane Monday morning. I'm going in now for meetings, but it's all about coordination.

"Hey, I guess you're probably asleep or something", Marquis said, leaving a message. "I think we're really well coordinated, as well as you can possibly be".

However, he said, "We got super, super lucky".

The bay was full of water again by 10 a.m. Monday.

Have a family discussion about what you will do, where you will go and how you will communicate with each other when a storm threatens.

Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula. After making landfall on Sunday, the huge storm remained a Category 1 hurricane as it moved over the state's northwest Monday, before finally being downgraded to a tropical storm at 8 a.m. ET. "Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through". "We dodged the big one this time, but there will be a reckoning someday". For days, it was a Category 5 storm, wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, where recovery efforts are still underway. "They can donate to disaster, text disaster at 2022", Mr Scott said.

FPL said its two nuclear power plants in South Florida - Turkey Point and St. Lucie - sustained no damage from Irma.

"We're going to Florida very soon", said the president alongside first lady Melania Trump outside the White House on Sunday.

For Florida, the impacts will depend on demands placed on insurance companies and the levels of needed government funding, as well as how quickly Florida's tourism industry can rebound.

Currently, all Florida ports are closed while some in North and SC are open with restrictions.

The situation in the Sunshine State was trying the patience of people who rode out the storm and those who came home to find widespread devastation and access to their neighborhoods limited at times.

Florida: About 4.7 million customers - which includes homes, organizations and businesses - are without power across the state, authorities said.

In total more than 4.5 million FPL customers were affected by the storm, with over 1.6 million having their service restored already, mostly by automated devices.

Tampa Electric reported more than 300,000 accounts had been knocked offline.

"If [Irma] had gone up the East Coast and if it had gone through Miami-Dade County ... then the losses would've been $100 billion or more", he said.

At Jacksonville Landing, a marketplace on the river near EverBank Field, home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only business open was a Hooters restaurant that had closed Friday night ahead of the storm.

It's still not clear how many casualties Irma caused on the Keys. About a half-million of them do not reside in Florida. "It does take weeks to restore gasoline markets to normal after an event like this", DeHaan said.

Drone footage shows vehicles crawling down the southbound lanes of U.S. 1, also known as the Overseas Highway. "That, frankly, is unprecedented". "We've never experienced anything like this". "It is by far the largest in the history of our company".

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and two amphibious ships, the USS Iwo Jima and USS New York, have been deployed to assist the state in search and rescue operations.

According to GasBuddy, an app that tracks gasoline prices and availability, major cities in Florida had fuel outages of 46 percent or more by Sunday afternoon.

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