Storm hits west coast of Florida

'There's always a threat': Reporter covering Irma evacuates

'There's always a threat': Reporter covering Irma evacuates

As Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc toward northern Florida, its floodwaters have inundated the streets of Miami, making the city completely unrecognizable.

Hurricane Irma hit South Florida hard this weekend, transforming major thoroughfares like Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard into rivers, and snapping tower cranes in Downtown Miami like twigs. This state has never seen a storm surge like this.

The Caribbean saw scenes of catastrophic destruction, a preview of what Florida faces as the onslaught brought about by Hurricane Irma continues, as shown in the video below.

Since then three more deaths have been confirmed.

Since making landfall in both the Florida Keys and Marco Island, almost 7 million homes and businesses have been left stranded without electricity as now-Tropical Storm Irma moves through US' Southeast region.

Ahead of Irma's arrival, some 6.5 million people in southern Florida, about a third of the state's population, were ordered to evacuate their homes.

Federal funding also is available to governments and non-profit organizations for emergencies in all 67 Florida counties. "We have no cell service, no electricity, and no water", Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said. Streets flooded, and flying objects such as coconuts turned into risky projectiles.

As residents awaken to assess the damage left by Hurricane Irma, the weakening storm continues northwest with winds of 65 miles per hour.

Clearing roads: Roads are the main concern, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, as thousands of trees are down. "There is flooding throughout the city and more rain is expected". "Well in that area our biggest concern was storm surge there was forecast to be 15-foot storm surge with that hurricane because it was so large". For now, the storm is out over the ocean and it will remain there for a while. About 2,000 customers there are still without power.

It's nearly a given that the National Hurricane Center will retire the name "Irma" from its list for future storms, so you'll never have to worry about another Hurricane Irma again. "If you look out your window right now, we have tropical storm wind gusts".

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.

Even though the company has deployed roughly 20,000 workers to help speed up restoration efforts, Silagy says that it will take days, if not weeks, for many residents to get back online.

About 3 million people live in the Tampa Bay area.

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

"There's a huge difference between a (Category) 3 and 5 when it makes landfall", said private meteorologist Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics "Barbuda is an example of that".

As the eye neared the island and Irma forced the area's barometric pressure to drop dramatically, the roommates said they could feel a popping sensation in their ears similar to when a plane descends during landing.

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