Irma weakens to Category 1 storm

The Atlanta skyline is seen Monday Sept. 11 2017. More than 250 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico — was under a tropical storm warning for the first time on Mon. Sept. 11 2017. Forecasters said the metro area could expect

The Atlanta skyline is seen Monday Sept. 11 2017. More than 250 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico — was under a tropical storm warning for the first time on Mon. Sept. 11 2017. Forecasters said the metro area could expect

Two tornadoes touched down in Brevard County, on the Atlantic Coast; Miami's major airport sustained damage and remained closed; and storm surges and additional flooding were expected on the Gulf Coast. This means most people who chose to stay hunkered down at home or in a shelter can expect hurricane-force winds in excess of 74 miles per hour as early as Sunday afternoon.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn took to Twitter on Sunday to issue a dramatic warning: "We are about to get punched in the face by this storm".

Hurricane Irma's landfall is imminent and ahead of the storm, government officials have said in no uncertain terms that evacuation in certain places is absolutely necessary. The hurricane spilled storm waters into homes and created winds that broke construction cranes, among other things.

Hurricane Irma officially made a second landfall at Marco Island, Florida as a Category 3 hurricane today.

There's room for more, County Administrator Mike Merrill said, but he urged people to stay put for now. "You've got to be patient". "Irma, however, could retain much of its strength", said Jason Setree, a meteorologist at Commodity Weather Group. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue has also suspended emergency services due to unsafe weather conditions.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday" as Irma began its assault on Florida on Sunday morning, Long called the storm a "complex event" in particular because of its movement from the southern part of the state to the north. Miami and Florida State announced further changes on Saturday, with their scheduled game this month moving to October. Sunday morning in Miami's little Haiti neighborhood, one woman found herself having to deliver her baby alone, with only the help of paramedics who guided her through the process over the phone. Petersburg area, once thought to be relatively safe from harm, suddenly found itself in the storm's crosshairs. That would have put the hurricane over the east coast of Florida.

Almost all tropical cyclones that hit the United States produce at least one tornado, "provided enough of the. cyclone's circulation moves over land", the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. There are now no plans to move them to a different shelter.

"What I thought was going to be a punch in the face was a glancing blow", Buckhorn said. So just tell us a little bit about what you're seeing there. But he emphasized that Tampa is prepared. "This is what we do".

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