Hurricane Irma Shatters Florida

Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida

Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida  11 Sep 2017- 10:06

Wind speeds had slowed by the time Irma reached the Florida Keys on Sunday, and the storm had been downgraded to Category 4.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irma's powerful eye roared ashore at Marco Island just south of Naples with 185 km/h winds, for a second United States landfall today.

The tropics are still active as Tropical Storm Irma continues to effect the Southeast.

Almost 6 million customers are now without electricity, comprising about 30 percent of Florida's total population, according to the 2016 U.S. Hurricane Irma hits hard in Florida across the west coast and the impact is said to be quite huge.

"It's hard to do it during a storm, but as soon as that storm passes, our first responders will be out there doing everything they can to take care of every person in the state".

But forecasters have warned the threat to life still remains, as Florida continues to be battered by 100mph winds and torrential rain. "This is an extremely unsafe and life-threatening situation", the National Weather Service said as the storm closed in a second time near Naples. "This is an extremely risky and life-threatening situation".

More than 6.5 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma moved through the state, according to the state's emergency management division.

Hurricane Irma hit South Florida Sunday morning, killing at least one person in Monroe County.

According to The New York Times, almost a million people are already without power in Georgia. In a sign of the sheer size of Irma, hurricane warnings extend northward into South Central Georgia and tropical storm warnings reach nearly to the Georgia/Tennessee state line. Florida's largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but was still battered. Hurricane Jose is seen (right) near the Leeward Islands.

Miami International Airport has shut down at least through Saturday and Sunday. Water levels are rising rapidly in the area where a 15 ft storm surge is possible.

"I've evacuated my wife, my children and my brother", he said.

In Cuba, the destruction along the north central coast was similar to that suffered by other Caribbean islands over the last week as Irma plowed into Ciego de Avila province.

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