Hurricane Jose: Track takes weakening storm on an Atlantic loop

Hurricane Jose: Track takes weakening storm on an Atlantic loop

Hurricane Jose: Track takes weakening storm on an Atlantic loop

After leaving the coast of Cuba, Irma had barrelled through the Florida Keys, a chain of low-lying islands to the south, on Sunday morning. And despite being downgraded after moving over Florida and Georgia, it's not over: officials say floodwaters brought by the storm won't peak in some rivers until Tuesday - when new high-water records could be set. Following in the wake of Harvey and Irma late Monday, Hurricane Jose was a Category 1 storm near the southeast tip of the Bahamas, centered about 400 miles north-northeast of Turks and Caicos, reports the Sun Sentinel. All around the region, millions of homes and businesses lost power during Irma's passage, with many of those outages in Florida.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said during a briefing Monday afternoon that people shouldn't be trying to ride out the flooding that has followed Irma. It flooded streets and coasts, swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes.

Its bands stretched widely over the Sunshine State - including over Miami, which beared much of the brunt of Irma's winds and storm surge.

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

"Tides at 5 AM were running 3 feet above predicted at Downtown Charleston and 5 feet over at Fort Pulaski", the Weather Service said.

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Also as a result of the hurricane, at least three people have died in Georgia and at least another two in SC, said local media reports. Scott has called up and sent out 7,000 National Guardsmen across the state, some of whom have been dispatched to the more than 400 shelters that have been set up.

A Navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off Key West to help in search-and-rescue efforts.

"I just hope everybody survived", Scott said after flying over the archipelago Monday.

This was the first time that all the counties in FPL's range had been impacted by Irma, Gould said. The Walt Disney Co. said its Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs will reopen Tuesday wotj regular hours.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said people had been killed in the archipelago, where almost 80,000 permanent residents live, apart from one already known fatality. Sea World also said all of its animals are safe.

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