Tools To Help You Track Tropical Storm Irma And Its Damage

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By 2 p.m. Monday, Irma was about 50 miles south southeast of Albany, Georgia, and was moving north northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

"There is little change to the overall forecast philosophy, as Jose completes a slow anticyclonic loop over open waters for the next 72 hours", the National Hurricane Center said in its online forecast discussion.

If you aren't caught up, here's what happened on Sunday: When Irma was still a healthy Category 3 and 4-force hurricane in South Florida, it's outer winds blew from the northeast into Tampa Bay, pushing the water out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Some 6.5 million people, about one-third of Florida's population, had been ordered to evacuate their homes ahead of Irma's arrival.

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The Facebook event gradually garnered thousands of "attendees", where more than 25,000 people said that they will participate in the event, and another 53,000 said they were interested in the prospect of shooting down the hurricane with guns. On Monday morning the storm was north of Tampa, moving at about 18 miles per hour. Of course, it's expected that pilots would avoid the state as a result of the unsafe conditions caused by Irma, but regardless the radar image is still very powerful.

USA state officials and utilities said outages were in power & light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of Florida, Reuters reported.

More news: Drone video shows destruction in one Florida city directly in Irma's path

A timelapse video released by NASA shows Hurricane Irma's path over the course of ten days, showing how it moved from the Atlantic, over the Caribbean and to Florida.

Tens of thousands of people huddled in shelters watched for updates. There were 166,598 customers without power across the state of Georgia, according to Georgia Power.

"On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the northwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula this morning, cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia this afternoon, and move through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama tonight and Tuesday".

This means impacts will be low for central North Carolina.

Chase said, school cancellations were due to possible high wind gusts Tuesday morning. Wind gusts caused a litany of destruction in Miami and other cities where homes were destroyed. The weather looks to improve late week and warm up as well.

No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm.

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