Hurricane Irma hits Florida

Hurricane Irma hits Florida

Hurricane Irma hits Florida

FEMA warned Alabama and North Carolina also to be on watch.

The tornado threat has increased over the Florida peninsula from south to north, and there have been a number of tornado warnings throughout the day.

While the projected track showed Irma raking the state's Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the entire state, including the Miami metropolitan area of six million people, was in extreme peril from the monstrously wide storm. "This is a life-threatening situation".

Still, not everyone heeded orders to evacuate coastal Florida. "We feel the building swaying all the time".

Ploghoft said he wasn't able to evacuate because his flight plans didn't work out.

"We're all going to be OK", Ploghoft said. So, in essence, no major hurricane in recorded history has taken the path that Irma has.

Gusts topping 90 miles per hour whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to more than 750,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area.

As Hurricane Irma makes landfall on the western part of Florida, with winds reaching 130mph, you would think taking a selfie would be the last thing on your mind.

As the northern edge of the storm reached the Florida Keys archipelago off the tip of southern Florida, lashing rains and winds knocked out power to almost 600,000 homes and businesses on the mainland, according to utilities.

- Miami-Dade officers can no longer respond to calls for service, the Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted Sunday.

John Huston, who is riding out the storm from his home in Key Largo in the upper Keys, says the wind gusts are strong in his area. At 11 p.m. ET Saturday it was extended as far west as the Ochlockonee River. Residents must remain either in their home or in a shelter, the sheriff said.

Buckhorn said areas along the Tampa Bay shoreline could expect a risky storm surge anywhere from three to eight feet, adding that it would depend on where Irma went. By Sept. 9 more than 50,000 people had sought shelter in schools, community centers and churches.

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At least 3 people were killed in Florida as of Sunday afternoon, as Irma bore down on the southern parts of the state, ABC News reported.

"I've been here with other storms, other hurricanes".

The storm's path made another shift toward the west as of the update Saturday night and was about 90 miles from Key West. "We've got biscuits, we've got canned foods, and you just stock up the house as much as you can", she said. "That's why everyone in the Keys was urged so strongly to evacuate". I looked at our traffic cameras around the state this morning. After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas two weeks ago, jobless claims surged to the highest level in more than tow years.

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But privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What is a storm surge?"

Water levels are already rising on the coast of the USA state where a huge storm surge is expected.

Local radio issued constant messages warning people not to leave their homes while the hurricane passed. "I couldn't sleep. I'm scared of hurricanes and this is the worst I have been through", she said.

Ngai said he planned to crouch in the bathtub when the storm makes landfall.

"Right now, it's a little bit of gusty winds and some rain", he said early Sunday.

Kathleen Paca, 56, spray painted "We're Open Irma" on the plywood covering the bar's windows, covering the same defiant statement about "Wilma" in 2005.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the U.S.", company spokesman Chris McGrath said. By then, Irma may have weakened because of wind shear. Emergency responders in the Florida Keys said they pulled a man's body from his pickup truck, which had crashed into a tree in high winds.

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