Storm makes landfall in Southern Florida with life-threatening surges — Hurricane Irma

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European model forecast position for Irma on Sunday evening, and future track.

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the hurricane was centered about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Key West, moving northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).

The state of Oaxaca was hit the hardest, with 71 dead, said Agueda Robles, a spokeswoman for the state civil protection agency.

By Sunday, the emergency declaration for Chatham County had been changed to a voluntary evacuation order in Zone B and C, the Savannah Morning News reports. For instance, Norman said, "if it comes to the Everglades, well, that place is mostly water". "We have hurricane shutters on our house, so we are going to just use them".

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence shared the same dubious diagram when it tweeted: 'Unfortunately we must issue the following warning DO NOT SHOOT YOUR GUNS AT THE HURRICANE!'

ST PETERSBURG Hurricane Irma's northern edge crashed into the Florida Keys on Sunday, bringing a double barrel threat of destructive winds and life-threatening storm surges that sparked one of the largest evacuations in US history. "Turkey Point is safe and is ready for Hurricane Irma".

Irma was at one time the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic with a peak wind speed of 185 mph (300 kph) last week.

"We'll never get in", Jamilla Bartley lamented in the parking lot.

Orlando International Airport closed Saturday and won't reopen to passenger traffic until after Irma has passed, a damage assessment has been completed, necessary recovery efforts made and the airlines are consulted to determine when best to resume operations.

According to UN figures, more than 1,130,000 people - 10 per cent of the Cuban population - are seeking refuge in shelters, homes of neighbours and relatives, and even in caves, where officials are taking steps to ensure safety.

For others, like a Tampa neighbor of WUSF's Tyler Kline, preparations meant pulling wood from their own fence just to board up their windows. Many heeded that request - but were stuck on clogged highways.

Representatives from Florida Power and Light have also reassured residents that all steps have been taken to ensure residents will not lose power.

Turks and Caicos: Battered by the hurricane on Thursday night, with roofs ripped off, streets flooded, utility poles snapped and a widespread black-out on the main island of Grand Turk. This is "normal" in very strong hurricanes, but that doesn't make it any less interesting.

Although Irma was downgraded to a Category Two storm, it was expected to remain a hurricane through at least Monday with a turn to the north-northwest overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its force sent shockwaves and flooding inward.

Flamingos are being herded to safety at Busch Gardens in Florida.

U-Haul Companies of Atlanta North, Atlanta West, Central Georgia, Georgia Northeast, Southern Georgia and Western Georgia have made 21 facilities across 15 cities, mostly in the Atlanta metro area, available to help.

The reaction was similar in Tampa.

"I am concerned about people that don't believe in the storm surge", said Virginia Defreeuw, 76, who fled her mobile home in Naples to a shelter. "We now have 11 people, one baby and seven dogs", Drury said. In large swaths of Florida, Irma has brought dangerous floodwaters, knocking out power and turning human possessions into debris. Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier confirmed the deaths with NPR.

Irma bears down on the coast of Saint Martin.

He dismissed comments from Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat and Tory peer Lord Naseby who have said the response was "too slow" and slower than France and Holland.

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