Authorities Report First Death in South Carolina

Posted September 12, 2017

How many people in the dangerously exposed, low-lying islands defied evacuation orders and stayed behind was unclear. I just hope everybody has evacuated and gotten to safety.

Hurricane Irma weakened as it pummeled Florida - but the storm still packed a powerful punch, spawning torrential downpours, tornadoes and flash floods.

Forecasters warned that Irma remained extremely unsafe as the monster storm toppled trees and power lines, peeled tiles off roofs, and threatened coastal areas with storm surges of up to 15 feet.

Tampa is another major city that comes in the path way of Irma.

"We're asking folks to be patient and remain sheltered in place", said St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles. Another man was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength, officials said. "However we know that if the massive, massive rainfall comes, there are no pumps, there are no anything, that are a match for a hurricane let alone a hurricane of this magnitude", he said.

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

He also reported downed power lines and other debris. "Not out", Jacksonville's website warned residents.

More than 800,000 Georgia Power and EMC customers mostly in coastal and south Georgia were without power and around 800 flights had been canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. "Search and rescue teams are ready to deploy".

Irma flooded portions of River Street in the tourist magnet city of Savannah, Georgia, and forced police to temporarily shut Highway 80 leading to the barrier island community of Tybee Island. You don't have to worry about the former hurricane-now-tropical-storm hanging around the Sunshine State much longer.

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico suffered losses in its electricity network that blacked out more than one million people. "Even though we're not getting the direct hit, there are a multitude of threats for the area".

Still, he said, it will take days for many people to be restored and, in some cases where the damage was extensive, weeks.

With Hurricane Jose behind Irma, for the first time in recorded history, there were two hurricanes with 150 miles per hour wind speeds in the Atlantic at the same time.