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Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida

Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida

Hurricane Irma dissipated across the southeastern United States by Tuesday morning.

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross.

Remember, in southwest Florida, the storm surge comes after the strongest winds. This is the longest any cyclone has maintained that intensity on record, according to Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University.

Irma is the strongest Atlantic storm on record, and the two are the only pair of Atlantic hurricanes to record wind speeds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time.

President Donald Trump signed an emergency declaration for SC on Thursday, which makes federal emergency aid available to the state to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts at 75% federal funding.

In one of the largest US evacuations, almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to seek shelter, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.

In Central Florida Irma's eyewall proceeded on the east side of Sarasota around 10 p.m. and should move between Tampa and Orlando through around 1 or 2 a.m., from south to north, initiating wind flurries between 75 and 100 miles per hour right through the region.

Few people lived in St. Petersburg when the 1921 Tampa Bay hurricane roared ashore just north of the city.

In Jacksonville, record-breaking flooding from Irma's storm surge continues to affect the city. A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, where many schools canceled classes because of the storm.

Hurricane Irma: Utility companies prepare for major power outages

More than 3.3 million homes and businesses across the state lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.

The monster storm, which arrived in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, has toppled at least three constructions cranes - two over downtown Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale.

The low-lying barrier islands would be inundated if Irma's storm surge reaches forecast heights of as high as 15 feet (4.6 meters).

"I will tell you in no uncertain terms - and I am not going to sugarcoat it - this is going to be a hard storm", Buckhorn said at the news conference.

The south to north scenario along a coastline that Irma seems to be taking has always been seen as the most problematic for Floridians because of the few places it leaves for residents to flee from the storm.

Video: Irma pushes water out of old. We've got roads that are impassible still across the state.

TMZ reports a hurricane-relief telethon, set to air on all the major networks Tuesday night, will benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey as well as Irma.

That tornado's location - well away from the hurricane's core, and in the storm's front-right quadrant (relative to the hurricane's direction) - is typical for cyclone-produced tornadoes.


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