Hurricane Irma: millions brace for impact as superstorm reaches Florida

Posted September 12, 2017

Irma, which was expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous U.S. state, it hit just days after the Houston area was deluged by unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 127cm of rain in parts of Texas.

The crews that are coming will help respond to Georgia Power's 2.5 million customers first, and "then we can deploy to other states if needed", Stone said. The storm had gusts of 160 miles per hour.

"It's awful, what we saw", Scott said.

Clearing roads: Roads are the main concern, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, as thousands of trees are down. "North Korea did not launch a new missile, and Hurricane Irma was downgraded, though still looks like it will cause considerable damage, and mess up all the economic data for the next month or so". Harrison said that his group has already logged and reported to Texas more than 27,000 volunteer hours worth more than $675,000 toward the state's required match.

The two US agencies have also had their eye on the not-so-far behind Category 4 Hurricane Jose and nearby Category 1 Hurricane Katia, now a tropical depression, in the Gulf of Mexico.

The potential paths of Hurricane Irma
The potential paths of Hurricane Irma

Irma made landfall on Sunday morning over Cudjoe Key at 9:10a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported.

Irma - which has winds now at about 70 miles per hour - pummeled through Florida cities like Miami, Tampa and Naples, leaving widespread damage in its wake, CNN reported. Gould also said FPL experienced a power outage at its command center.

If the current track holds, the Midlands would get gusty winds, flash flooding, and most importantly, a risk of severe storms, including tornadoes.

Scott said that the storm surge is expected to be up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) in some areas along the west coast of Florida. "But we do know that in the eastern portions of our state, they need to start preparing themselves for tropical storm conditions".

There are more than 20 construction cranes throughout the city and residents living near cranes were warned that the storm could cause cranes to collapse. "I have been out and around the city today, and I have witnessed the heroes getting people out of their homes, and it is going to continue".