Hurricane Irma kills 10 in Cuba

Posted September 12, 2017

That was enough power to knock down cell towers, damage roofs and uproot trees. Most of the cyclones this season have remained in the tropical storm category, but four of the storms strengthened to hurricane status with two becoming a major hurricane.

At least nine deaths in the USA are now attributed to Irma, some hit by falling trees or tree limbs and one killed in a storm-related auto accident.

A crane at a downtown Miami, Fla., apartment building reportedly snapped Sunday as Hurricane Irma made landfall in the state.

Three deaths have been reported in Florida so far.

Authorities plan to fly over the Keys on Monday, officials said.

According to some reports, almost 4 million to 5 million homes and businesses in Florida lost power, and utility officials said it could take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. And they've said that restoring power might take weeks or months there. John Ward, the emergency operations manager of Clay County, says crews have pulled 46 people from flooded homes by early Monday and an undetermined number are still stranded as the area's creeks and ponds are getting record flooding.

The weather is also still projected to affect South Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

More than 13,000 customers were without power countywide as of Monday at 9:15 a.m., according to outage maps on the SCE&G and Palmetto Electric Cooperative websites.

- In Venice, Florida, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm. All causeways leading to Miami Beach were closed by police.

But as predictions for Hurricane Irma's course focused on Florida's west coast Saturday, forecasters and public officials on the east were warning of the dangers we're facing in South Florida - wind gusts, storm surge and flooding.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home. Additional weakening is forecast and Irma is expected to become a tropical storm over northern Florida or southern Georgia later in the day. Sixty percent of the island's 1,400 residents were left homeless.

He expected things to get worse when the eye of the storm moved closer later in the evening. A tropical storm warning, flash flood warning, storm surge warning are in effect.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands.

"We are doing everything we can to get food and water throughout the state", Scott said on Fox News Monday.

Houses are seen on Friday in Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda, devastated by Hurricane Irma.

At least 26 people were killed as Irma made her destructive trek across Anguilla, Barbuda, the French-Dutch island of St Martin, St Barts, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.