What to expect from Hurricane Irma

What to expect from Hurricane Irma

What to expect from Hurricane Irma

The state was largely spared from the devastation that experts believed to be on the way, but many Floridians are still tasked with waiting out the lingering effects of a major hurricane making landfall here, and with beginning the process of rebuilding and cleaning up.

Most of the Sunshine State however appeared to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings. Scott, the governor, said he had received "spotty reports".

"There is no water or little water, depending on where you are in the Keys", Housley said on "Outnumbered" today.

Ten deaths in the U.S. are being blamed on the storm, which left 6.5 million homes without power in Florida alone.

More than 4.2 million residents have lost power, and it could be days before officials can provide food and water to those struggling in the aftermath of the powerful storm. Firemen crisscrossed Naples with chainsaws dismembering the larger branches; bulldozers smashed through accumulated debris and trees to clear roads. But concrete homes appeared to have withstood the powerful gusts.

"Irma's centre came ashore at Marco Island not long after it was downgraded to a Category 3 storm from a Category 4 on the five-point Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kph)".

"There are so many areas that you would never have thought would have flooded that have flooded", Florida Governor Rick Scott said after a helicopter tour of the area.

Irma weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning and is expected to further weaken by Tuesday to a tropical depression.

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A flooded street is seen in the Brickell area of downtown as Hurricane Irma passes through Miami.

Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in SC. Some residents were trying to reach their homes by walking through waist-high floodwater, while others paddled canoes. "I'd like to walk through there, but it looks like it's three feet (one meter) deep at least, and my boots are only a foot deep and I don't like cold water, which explains why I live here", resident Sam Parish told AFP.

Authorities across the state warned of downed power lines, raw sewage in floodwaters and - being Florida - displaced wildlife like snakes and alligators.

"Right now, we're anxious about lives, not cost", Trump said.

"We have roads that are impassable", he said. He has promised to travel to the state "very soon".

The storm is threatening other parts of the Southeast, after it caused at least 26 deaths in the Caribbean. It devastated the tiny island of Barbuda and cause widespread damage and casualties to islands throughout the Caribbean.

About 400 exhausted and traumatized hurricane survivors landed in France and the Netherlands on Monday aboard military planes.

Cuban officials said Irma was the deadliest hurricane to strike the island since Dennis in 2005, adding that three-quarters of the population was without power. The coast's almost 540,000 residents fled last October ahead of Hurricane Matthew, which caused an estimated $500 million in damage and killed three people.

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