Monster storm Irma barrels toward Florida

The Atlanta skyline is seen Monday Sept. 11 2017. More than 250 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico — was under a tropical storm warning for the first time on Mon. Sept. 11 2017. Forecasters said the metro area could expect

Monster storm Irma barrels toward Florida

The third fatality was confirmed in Orange County when a person driving a Cadillac SUV hit a guardrail on southbound State Road 417. Strong winds and choppy sea are seen in Key Largo, Florida, Hurricane Irma approaches, in this September 9, 2017 still image taken from social media video.

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.

Why? Tornadoes thrive in part on strong vertical shear, which means a difference in horizontal winds' direction and speed at different heights.

"It looks like it is going to be near or over the Florida Keys tomorrow morning and then making its track up the west coast", Thompson said. As for the rest of programs in Florida, they saw their games canceled due to the wide-spread damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles mainly to the west of the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles.

The biggest impacts of this storm will be damaging winds and storm surge.

Florida has already spent $77 million ahead of Irma's arrival. Scott reminded those in the audience that while possessions and homes can be replaced, family cannot.

Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday.

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An 8-10 foot storm surge is possible starting late Sunday into Monday for southwest Florida.

As Hurricane Irma made landfall on the state of Florida on Saturday night, the college football teams playing in the state continued to shuffle their schedules around. And from there, it goes up the coast toward the Tampa, St. Pete area, which is on a very large bay - the Tampa Bay - which is a lovely area, but it's very susceptible to storm surge, one of the most susceptible areas to storm surge in Florida. "You will not survive all of this storm surge".

A flash flood watch has been issued for much of the SC coast from Sunday night to Monday night.

Plus, parts of SC could get three to five inches of rain, with isolated amounts of up to seven inches. The eye is expected to miss heavily-populated Miami, but that area will still get life-threatening hurricane conditions even without a direct hit. They've also moved crews to Orlando. If you're in shelter or other safe location - stay there.

"This is a catastrophic storm".

"I feel really grateful that we didn't get anything bad", said Maria Molenaar, who fled her home with her husband and three young children on Saturday and returned Monday to find their house undamaged. "It's bigger than our state".

According to reports, most of Miami Beach was without power Sunday morning.

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