Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma move into South Carolina

Man flattened by giant wave as Hurricane Irma smashes Florida coast

Indians in Florida, nearby states brace for Hurricane Irma

Irma made a second landfall as a Category 3 storm at Marco Island, a city and barrier island off Florida's southwest coast, on Sunday afternoon.

The whole of the southern tip of Florida has seen high winds, driving rain and storm surges.

"With Orlando being in central Florida we aren't getting it as bad as the coastal towns, but there are very strong winds and heavy rain battering down". "I think that Irma had stronger winds at its landfall that even Harvey did".

Irma once was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, a Category 5 with a peak wind speed of 185 miles per hour.

Hurricane Jose is lingering in the Atlantic as a category three hurricane, amid fears it could affect parts of the USA east coast later this week.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Sure, Michel.

Gun owners in the U.S. state of Florida have vowed to respond to Hurricane Irma by "shooting at" the storm. So that's affecting a lot of territory here in Florida.

In Jacksonville, record-breaking flooding from Irma's storm surge continues to affect the city.

"Well", he added, "we're about to get punched in the face". We saw multi-feet rises very quickly in Naples.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday. All around the region, millions of homes and businesses lost power during Irma's passage, with many of those outages in Florida.

"So when Irma took a turn to the west and went up the west side of the coast, you could hear a sigh of relief in the Florida market". The storm is now about 60 miles northwest of Gainesville, Florida and moving at about 17 mph toward the Chattahoochee Valley area.

So there's concern that structures there might not be as strongly built as some of - more down in South Florida. It could remain a unsafe storm throughout that time.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander is expected to visit the island Monday to show his support for local residents and the emergency services working to restore infrastructure and begin the process of reconstruction. I mean there was no green or yellow, just a little shade of blue down at the bottom. People still took it very seriously. Andy Sullivan is following the storm in Miami. We can hear the wind battering the door and trees outside.

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