Record flooding in Jacksonville as Georgia braces for epic storm surge

Record flooding in Jacksonville as Georgia braces for epic storm surge

Several of the Orlando, Florida, theme parks that are popular with tourists around the world have plans to reopen now that Hurricane Irma has moved out of the state. Irma made landfall on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm at Cudjoe Key, about 75 miles from Key Largo, where the NBC 6 helicopter was flying.

The eye of Irma passed over Barbuda, a tiny Caribbean island of about 1,800 people, on Wednesday, destroying telecommunication systems and cell towers.

One Naples resident tried to captured footage and was nearly hit by a tree.

"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.

"We'll get some water to them as far as the drinking water", Gastesi told the station, adding that he's confident authorities will be able to help the community recover and rebuild.

A weakened Irma spread misery around the Southeast on Monday, triggering coastal flooding in parts of Georgia and SC while dumping heavy rains around the region.

Before slamming into to the United States, Irma hit Cuba late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane.

Jose appears to have spared, for the most part, the Caribbean islands hardest hit by Irma last week, but it still has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour with even stronger gusts.

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville Florida Sept. 11 2017. The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the country to assist in rescue operations for Hurricane Irma

It shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant about 30 miles south of Miami on Saturday, rather than both, because the storm shifted track. And Jose could produce up to an inch of additional rainfall on the island of Anguilla throughout the evening, which "will maintain any ongoing flooding", the hurricane center said. "Included in the hurricane warnings are the Tampa/St. Petersburg metro, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Thomasville and Valdosta".

President Donald Trump has directed the full resources of the federal government to help Florida and other states hit by Hurricane Irma and has "great concern" about the storm as it batters the Florida coast, his vice president said on Sunday.

Its bands stretched widely over the Sunshine State - including over Miami, which beared much of the brunt of Irma's winds and storm surge.

Stranded motorists try to get back in their auto after a breakdown as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Florida Keys, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Hialeah, Fla.

As of about noon, six of 42 bridges in the Keys had been inspected by the Florida Deptartment of Transportation, and none had been cleared of debris and downed power lines enough to be re-opened to vehicles. "Food packets, water, and some essential supplies have been distributed to those affected".

Irma has devastated Florida, the third most populous US state.

Scott has called up and sent out 7,000 National Guardsmen across the state, some of whom have been dispatched to the more than 400 shelters that have been set up.



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