Forecasters say Irma now aimed at Keys, Tampa

Forecasters say Irma now aimed at Keys, Tampa

Forecasters say Irma now aimed at Keys, Tampa

When the monster storm made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, it became the first such storm to make landfall in Florida since 2004.

Some of Irma's worst impacts were well-removed from the center: Miami looked like "a watery war zone" at the height of the storm, with residents warily eyeing rising floodwaters in the heart of downtown. However, the new path puts the storm's center west of Atlanta.

Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Irma flooded several northern Florida cities with heavy rain and a high storm surge yesterday as it headed out of the state after cutting power to millions and ripping roofs off homes.

Tropical Storm Irma is continuing to weaken as she moves toward Georgia. Gusts of up to 56 miles per hour (90 kph) were reported on Virginia Key off Miami as the storm's outer bands arrived.

Meanwhile, Georgia's oldest city sat almost empty Sunday. About 170.000 people are still in their shelters, and evacuation warning has been issued for the coastline around the city of Jacksonville.

Andrews did note, however, that the island has yet to receive the "All Clear" notice from the Department of Disaster Management and Emergency.

The paintball mask Drake is wearing is ripped off his face and the storm chaser is nearly blown off his feet several times as he holds his wind reading device, an anemometer, aloft.

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At least 76,000 people were without power Saturday night, an estimated 6.5 million were under evacuation warnings and more than 390 shelters had been opened throughout the state.

Brian Palmer agreed. He barely had to watch for traffic Sunday in Savannah's normally bustling downtown historic district as he rode a bike home after leaving his auto in a parking garage for the duration of the storm.

Jose is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane - which are classified Category 3 or higher. "I can tell from being up in the attic that the roof beams are all original".

The cyclone spawned tornadoes in parts of Florida in the morning and afternoon and could produce more - typical of hurricanes that get enough of their circulation over land.

At 5 a.m. the storm is about 60 miles north of Tampa with sustained winds of 75.

"All I can do is have faith we will survive this", said Tampa nurse Renee Silverman, who lives in Tampa who is choosing not to evacuate. After driving from North Port Florida, Dusty King found a place to rest at the Masters Inn in Johnston County. Officials warned of potential scattered power outages and minor localized flooding.

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