Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Irma, now a tropical storm, still lashes Florida, Georgia

Irma, now a tropical storm, still lashes Florida, Georgia

All around the region, millions of homes and businesses lost power during Irma's passage, with many of those outages in Florida.

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, hit a wide swath of Florida over the past day, first making landfall on the Florida Keys archipelago and then coming ashore south of Naples and heading up the west coast.

Miami International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, halted passenger flights through at least Monday.

Now a category 3 storm, it may be a category 4 by the time it makes landfall in South Florida Sunday morning.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Aiken and Orangeburg counties.

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For those still at home, it was already too late to escape the wrath of what could be the worst hurricane in storm-prone Florida. The National Weather Service in Jacksonville says storm surge flooding exceeds the record set in 1965 during Hurricane Dora.

According to Florida's Division of Emergency Management some 5.6 million residents have been ordered to evacuate - almost a quarter of the state population.

Elizabeth Ponder, center, hugs her daughter Exodus Ponder, left, while standing in line at the Savannah Civic Center before evacuating from he path of Hurricane Irma, Saturday, Sept., 9, 2017 in Savannah, Ga.

"I've heard there's some significant damage, right where the eye of the storm hit", Scott told NBC's "Today" show.

The flooding could continue for about a week as the storm surge persists and tides rise and fall, authorities said. Cities flooded, power lines were downed and trees were uprooted across the state. Gov. All causeways leading to Miami Beach were closed by police.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm from a hurricane to tropical storm Monday morning as it reached the northern parts of the state. It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages.

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Hurricane Irma hammered Cuba and marched toward the Florida Keys on Saturday with punishing winds and rain. Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, killing at least 28 people. 2 as it moved north into the USA mainland, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (168 kmh).

As of 6 a.m., over 5.7 million customers were without power in Florida - that's roughly 58 per cent of all customers in the state. Some 200,000 were housed in shelters during the storm, according to federal officials. Most of those staying in shelters are in southeastern Florida, which initially looked to be the main target of the storm before the forecast shifted west.

Millions of Floridians were under evacuation orders as Irma neared.

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

By Sunday, Irma will turn life-threatening storm as it will hit South Florida, including the Florida Keys.

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Five tornadoes were reported in Florida on Sunday, causing damage to several structures but there were no indications of anyone being seriously injured, the National Weather Service said.

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