Tampa Bay waters get sucked backward ahead of Hurricane Irma

Posted September 12, 2017

The hurricane center has discontinued all storm surge and tropical storm warnings.

Irma's top sustained winds are 35 miles per hour (55 kph), and it is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 kph). In Southeast bout 7 million people were warned and advised to evacuate.

After the Keys, Irma crossed over warm waters and hit the USA mainland near the beach town of Marco Island. Its center hit portions of the Keys on Sunday but missed Miami and Naples, then skirted Tampa as the storm slowed. In Miami-Dade, 106,440 residents were in the dark and 63,240 people in Broward were without power, according to FPL. An update from Monroe County describes "an astounding recovery effort" taking place in the Florida Keys, where there was no water, power or cellphone service after the storm. No injuries have been reported.

According to the company's website, it could take up to four days to recieve an estimate on when your power will be restored. That's 62 percent of the state's power customers, and there are several counties where 80-90 percent of customers are without power. And at least two construction cranes partially collapsed.

The number of people left without power in Florida increased to 5.8 million overnight as Irma downed trees and flooded streets throughout the entirety of the state, state officials said Monday. Forecasters also noted that much of Jose's path will depend on where Irma, now a tropical storm, ends up.

It's looking more likely that the eye of powerful Hurricane Irma will strike the Keys, southwestern Florida and the Tampa Bay region. FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Saturday everyone in the southern island chain should have gotten out by now.

"You're on your own until we can actually get in there and it's safe", he told CNN.

The National Hurricane Center reported wind hazards are expected to spread northward toward Georgia and portions of SC and Alabama.

For the latest information, follow our live feed of Hurricane Irma. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.

Irma, once a top-tier Category 5 storm that destroyed the Caribbean, lost strength and was downgraded to Cat. Hurricane Harvey at its peak was a category three storm.

Irma was at one point the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, with winds up to 185 miles per hour (298 kph).

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