Hurricane Irma hits Florida with wind, flooding

Lester Mason
September 13, 2017

Florida Keys resembles a war zone after it bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma's 209km/h winds at the weekend.

A smaller percentage of gas stations were without fuel in North Carolina and Tennessee, where Irma dissipated to a tropical depression and then became a tropical rainstorm.

Torrential rain, power outages and 130-mph winds buffeted Florida and the Caribbean over the last several days. That is a storm surge, basically like a wall of water, like a pancake of water'.

Hurricane Irma, an extremely powerful tropical cyclone, occurred over the Atlantic Ocean and is said to be the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since 2005 hurricane Katrina. Florida Gov. Rick Scott flew over the hard-hit but isolated Keys on Monday and said he saw "devastation" that included boats washed ashore and mobile homes pummeled by the storm. "It's awful, what we saw".

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. Southbound US Route 1 - the only road connecting the Keys - is closed, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said.

"We have no electricity, at least in this pat of Key West, we have no water, we have no internet service", Dave Gonzales, the museum's curator, said on MSNBC Sunday night. Streets flooded, and flying objects such as coconuts turned into risky projectiles.

Winds were so strong in Miami that at least three construction cranes crashed into buildings.

Clearing roads: Roads are the main concern, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, as thousands of trees are down.

The massive storm, which had menaced Florida for days and triggered evacuation orders covering 5.6 million people, made two official landfalls on Sunday, reports The Washington Post. Rains and storm surge also flooded coastal areas in Georgia and SC.

"It's the worst storm I've ever seen", said South, the NOAA meteorologist.

Reuters/Carlos BarriaA local resident walks across a flooded street in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, U.S. September 10, 2017. "All the beauty kind of got sucked out of the city".

Storm-related debris is now covering many roads in Albany, where FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell said winds were gaining strength.

Spokesman Stephen Holmes says the home improvement store is now restocking empty shelves in disaster areas.

While some coastal communities breathed a sigh of relief, people in Jacksonville faced flash flooding on Monday.

"We have very serious, significant river flooding along the banks of the St. Johns River". The National Forest Service and chainsaw crews have also been deployed. "We urge everyone to stay indoors and stay safe".

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