Thousands without power after Irma sweeps by North Carolina

Thousands without power after Irma sweeps by North Carolina

Thousands without power after Irma sweeps by North Carolina

The National Weather Service said the threat of storm surge had decreased Monday along Georgia's 100 miles of coast, but flooding rains could still cause swollen rivers, streams and creeks to overflow.

Officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone. Remember, in Southwest Florida, the storm surge comes after the strongest winds.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm weakened as it crept up the state's west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities.

Jose has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is moving east at 6 miles per hour, according to the advisory. But Shiveley said the water never crested over the city's barriers.

- In Venice, Florida, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm.

Georgia reported more than 570,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and there were 80,000 in SC.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home.

The eye of Hurricane Irma has moved out of the Lakeland area and is pushing toward Zephyrhills and eastern Pasco County.

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"We're asking folks to be patient and remain sheltered in place", said St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles.

As the storm loomed and came ashore, gasoline stations struggled to keep up as people evacuated Florida.

"Irma has officially passed and this is what she left", said Michala Laufle, who rode out Irma in the Keys.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties as Irma barrels toward the state.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Sunday night issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands, CNN reported.

Hurricane Jose, the storm that followed Hurricane Irma across the ocean, has made a decision to hang around longer as a potential threat to the East Coast. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.

It's still way too early to know exactly where Jose will end up, but it wouldn't be a bad idea for the United States to get comfortable with another hurricane making landfall. AccuWeather reports that the combined damage from Irma and last month's Hurricane Harvey could cost the much as $290 billion.

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