More than 1m Floridians without power, utility officials say

More than 1m Floridians without power, utility officials say

More than 1m Floridians without power, utility officials say

Since making landfall in both the Florida Keys and Marco Island, almost 7 million homes and businesses have been left stranded without electricity as now-Tropical Storm Irma moves through US' Southeast region.

That's because, in this hemisphere, a cyclone rotates counterclockwise, and on the east side of the storm, the "outer bands come on shore at an angle typically bringing winds from the southeast", CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said.

But Irma's maximum sustained winds have dropped to around 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), and the storm is expected to weaken further and become a tropical depression - with maximum sustained winds of 38 miles per hour (62 km/h) or less - by Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 12), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. Dutch officials said Irma damaged or destroyed 70 percent of St. Maarten island's homes. Fort Myers, Sarasota and Manatee counties are possible landfall locations for the monster storm. Local media, also reported at least three people died in Florida State and several people slightly injured and at least 10 000 people evacuated in northern Cuba. The danger comes not only from the flooding, but from downed trees and power lines in the water.

Governor Deal said President Donald Trump called him Sunday to let him know that federal resources are on standby should Georgia need them. However, the state's long coastline, and the associated danger of storm surge and seawater incursion, make it impractical to run lines beneath the surface in some areas.

On 11 September its centre was located near Tampa Lakeland area still a Category 2 Hurricane.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St. The region has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

More than 340,000 customers in Georgia had no electricity, Georgia Power said, and forecasters expect tropical storm-force winds and flash foods to hammer the state well into Tuesday, spurring creeks to rise, trees to topple and streets to flood.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 hurricane, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

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The wind advisory will go into effect at 3 p.m. Monday.

Jacksonville is now experiencing record-setting flooding from Irma's storm surge.

How did it arrive in Florida?

About 5,000 of the Keys' 30,000 permanent residents stayed to ride out the storm, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said.

"Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down", Scott said on Saturday.

Two cranes have collapsed in high winds in the city.

Miami International Airport will be closed Monday after sustaining "significant water damage throughout", according to CEO Emilio Gonzalez.

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