President Trump to travel to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

President Trump to travel to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

President Trump to travel to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

Irma has generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) by a tropical cyclone on record in the tropical Atlantic than the first eight named storms of the Atlantic hurricane season combined in 2017.

Silagy called the outages "unprecedented" and of a "magnitude we just haven't seen before".

Shelters are allowing people to leave but will stay open for people.

The islands of the Florida Keys and western parts of the state bore the brunt of the category-four hurricane.

It's still way too early to know exactly where Jose will end up, but it wouldn't be a bad idea for the United States to get comfortable with another hurricane making landfall. From Georgia to SC, the storm left behind massive flooding and destruction.

Initial damage assessments found 25 per cent of homes there were destroyed and 65 per cent suffered major damage, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said. "Especially for the [Florida] Keys, it's going to be a long road", said Scott, according to the Associated Press.

A weakened Irma weakened took its parting shot at Florida on Monday, triggering severe flooding in the state's northeastern corner, while authorities along the storm's 400-mile (640-kilometer) path struggled to rush aid to victims and take the full measure of the damage. At least seven storm-related deaths been reported in Florida, Georgia and SC, according to local officials.

In a parting shot, it triggered severe flooding around Jacksonville in the state's northeastern corner.

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross.

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

If you're wondering when you'll get your power back, you are not alone. That number includes workers from affected companies, mutual assistance crews from other utilities, contractors and other support personnel, he said. Two more, one of them a sheriff's deputy and the other a corrections officer, died when their cars crashed in the poor visibility brought about by constant rains in Hardee County, 60 miles from Sarasota.

At 6pm GMT, its centre had moved into southern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.

"When that sun came out this morning and the damage was minimal, it became a good day", said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Irma has caused at least 11 deaths and left about 6.7 million people without power in five states, ABC News reports.

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