Hurricane Irma US Death Toll: Storm Brings Destruction to American South

Hurricane Irma Nears Ft. Myers; Winds Still Top 100 Mph

Hurricane Irma Nears Ft. Myers; Winds Still Top 100 Mph

Rough surf churned up buy the approaching hurricane damage the docks at Whale harbour in the Florida Keys as winds and rain from the outer bands of Hurricane Irma arrive in Islamorada, Florida, Sep. As a result, severe flooding has ravaged many communities big and small, with streets and cars buried under the trail of excess water and debris that the storm has left in its path.

A street is flooded near the ocean after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Florida, on Saturday.

The storm has weakened to a tropical storm with 70 miles per hour winds, according to the 8 a.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center. Even areas that did not face a direct hit from Irma saw flooding and downed power lines. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in SC.

Hurricane Irma made another landfall near Naples yesterday after inundating the Florida Keys.

Irma has been blamed for three deaths in Florida, one in Georgia, and at least 36 in the Caribbean.

The hurricane made USA landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

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

"We've never had that many outages, and I don't think any utility in the country ever has", FPL Chief Executive Eric Silagy said at a news conference Monday. FEMA chief Brock Long said some places won't have electricity for weeks. But the weather service reminded residents of Florida's eastern coast that "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" were likely byproducts of Irma. "We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we're trying to stay in touch, " said Suzanne Trottier, who left her Key West, Florida, home for Virginia nearly a week ago ahead of Irma.

Some online thought the water had been sucked up by Hurricane Irma, while others thought it was just low tide. By Monday afternoon, Irma had been downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 60mph.

The National Hurricane Center's "cone of uncertainty"-the area in which a storm is predicted to wind up-currently shows Jose staying in the Atlantic basin through Saturday".

Irma's heavy rain could also bring flash flooding and rapid rises on creeks, streams and rivers.

The massive storm's rain bands reached out hundreds of miles beyond its centre, wreaking havoc throughout much of Georgia and SC on Monday.

As of Monday morning, almost 60 percent of the entire state - close to 6 million customers - had lost electricity.

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