AR Storm Chaser Follows Eye of Irma

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said during a briefing Monday afternoon that people shouldn't be trying to ride out the flooding that has followed Irma.

The Keys felt Irma's full fury when it came ashore as a Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

Thankfully, Freeman said he and his family were all safe after the storm passed, but "it is still hard". Road repairs were promised in the coming days.

Parts of the Florida Keys, the low-lying islands which bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma, have reopened.

House after house, block after block, roofs are torn off, boats are on the road, and RVs are mangled in trees. The UPS driver said he fears an influx of returnees could overwhelm what limited resources there are.

The Dutch royal told the NOS public newscaster: "I have seen proper war as well as natural disasters before, but I've never seen anything like this". "A lot of people lost everything", said Keys resident Darwin Tabacco.

Residents have been allowed to return to some islands in the hurricane-hit Florida Keys as officials try to piece together the scope of Irma's destruction and rush aid to the drenched and debris-strewn state. Flash flood warnings are in effect for portions of the southern Appalachians, and flood warnings and predictions off heavy rainfall throughout the Southeast. He says he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma. But homes that were made from concrete appeared to have withstood the gusts. "I will say that we're going to need a little more patience as we move through this recovery phase as well". "My concern is that even if we get to go in to the Lower Keys, our fragile infrastructure could be even more compromised". County officials placed a roadblock around Mile Marker 74 just before Sea Oates Beach, but said crews were working to restore US 1 as quickly as possible. So when the winds did their turn about 2 or 3 a.m. Monday morning, they weren't strong enough to cause the storm surge forecasters had predicted.

Leaving a trail of devastation in Florida, Irma trudged north on Monday, flooding downtown Charleston, South Carolina, uprooting trees in Atlanta and cutting off coastal communities.

At least 26 people were arrested for burglary and looting Sunday night in Miami, and schools, airports and Orlando's DisneyWorld were on the list of closures. The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about September 17, while customers on the state's west coast should expect most power to be restored by September 22.

And don't forget about what Irma did to the Caribbean.

But when it came to the west coast of the peninsula, the storm was not as destructive as some had originally feared, Scott said. "It's going to take some time. Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted", FEMA administrator Brock Long said. "People will respond if they can see video of something and how bad it is, they're more likely to respond to evacuation orders or take shelter orders if we can help with that".

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