Florida Being Battered By Hurricane Force Winds

Florida State, Florida cancel football games because of Irma

Florida State, Florida cancel football games because of Irma

Editor's note: This is a developing story that is being constantly updated as the extent of the storm's destruction becomes known.

Florida State's next game is scheduled for September 23 at home against North Carolina State. At least one other possibly storm-related fatal auto crash was reported on Sunday in Orange County, Florida.

Damage across the state has been widespread but mostly restricted to cosmetics with trees, powerlines and shingles.

Storm surge is forecast to be as high as 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels from Cape Sable to Captiva in southwest Florida, with life-threatening inundation expected all along Florida's western Gulf coast.

Smaller communities also were inundated - the entire SC town of Edisto Beach, population 530, was covered with several feet of water, Mayor Jane Darby said, despite a $17 million dune restoration project following Matthew's destruction.

Irma flooded portions of River Street in the tourist magnet city of Savannah, Georgia and forced police to temporarily shut Highway 80 leading to the barrier island community of Tybee Island. In Charleston, South Carolina, the ocean topped the Battery wall that typically protects downtown.

While the winds were impressive, the storm surge was incredible, too!

As of late Monday, the death toll was around 40. It is forecast to move to Tennessee on Tuesday before fizzling out later this week, forecasters said.

Irma once was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, a Category 5 with a peak wind speed of 185 miles per hour (300 kph). The man was cutting downed limbs with a chainsaw outside of his home when he was struck.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the situation was not as bad as it could have been, but warned residents that risky storm surge continued.

Though Irma's approach caused two construction cranes to collapse, the city appeared to be spared from major damage. A woman was killed when a downed tree struck her vehicle in Cumming, north of Atlanta, as the auto at in a private driveway, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Almost 4,000,000 people were without power throughout the state and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), William Long, informed that some places will be without electricity for weeks.

Now it has around 3 million people. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in SC.

Irma weakened into a tropical depression late Monday, and the National Hurricane Center discontinued all storm surge and tropical weather watches and warnings related to the storm.

Despite their weakening, forecasters warned that high winds and sudden floods remain a threat as it spins in northern Florida and continues to Georgia in the coming hours.

"While our main focus is on Florida, at the same time, we are standing by to assist St Martin", he said.

In Jacksonville, storm surge swelled the St. Johns River and its tributaries to historic levels, flooding downtown streets and low-lying neighborhoods and blocking travel on the two interstates. He apologized after the power came back one, saying "we are not immune to Irma's wrath".

"We're definitely shaken up".

"Not only did we go west, but so did Irma". "If it would have fallen toward our direction, it would have been a. mess".

Zack Forrest, 26, is one of those residents.

"While the department stays at the ready on a daily basis to handle an array of emergency situations, issues created by tropical storm conditions require extra diligence", said Rutledge.

"No way!" Indigo interrupted. The island suffered "absolute devastation", with 30 percent of properties demolished and 99 percent of buildings damaged.

"We were the little engine that did it", Murphy told reporters. His wife had called 911 saying he'd had a heart attack.

The tree barely missed Marcy Mixon's home.

"It's never good when you show up and see this in front of your house", she quipped.

"If I wasn't pregnant, I'd be in the vehicle headed north with my dog and my husband", she said.

O'Neil climbed on the hood of her auto to get a better look and found humor in her devastation.

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook.

That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.

Monroe County would reopen road access on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) for residents and business owners from Key Largo, the main island at the upper end of the chain, as well as the towns of Tavernier and Islamorada farther to the south, fire officials said. Trump has also given Congress six months to resolve the status of individuals who were brought to the US illegally as children after he decided earlier this week to end an Obama administration program that allowed them to live, work and attend school without fear of being deported.

The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed in, officials said.

"I'm not going anywhere", said Laurie Mastropaolo, 56, at the Treasure Village Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg.

But officials urged some evacuated Floridians to be patient and not try to go home yet even though the storm was beyond parts of the Deep South.

"What we feared the most was the surge", he said Monday on MSNBC.

Looting broke out on the island, French and Dutch authorities said Friday, and security forces were deployed to deal with the problem.

As of Sunday morning, the Category 4 hurricane was beginning to hit Florida. The storm left more than 20 people dead in the Caribbean.

Jose passed north of the Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.

Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.

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