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Hurricane Jose: Do not think it is over just yet

Hurricane Jose: Do not think it is over just yet

Florida officials Monday said two people were killed in the state.

It gradually lost strength and weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning as it headed toward Georgia, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT).

The storm affected communities miles inland from Jacksonville, as strong winds blew over part of a Chevron gas station in the city of Live Oak. Based on some of the forecast data, some of the strongest winds will occur between 4 p.m. tomorrow and 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Hurricane Irma has hit Florida with 200km/h winds, flooding the only road connecting the Florida Keys with the mainland and knocking out power to more than 1.6 million homes. According to the National Hurricane Center, surges cause more United States deaths than any other hurricane-related event.

Utility workers from across the country are headed to Georgia to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and some of them are hunkering down at the Macon Coliseum, waiting for word on where to deploy.

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.

"It's awful, what we saw", Scott said.

Although Miami is likely to escape a direct strike from Irma, the hurricane is tracking up Florida's west coast, it has still faced extensive damage.

A high wind watch was issued for parts of the Midlands, however according to the National Weather Service in Columbia, this should be treated as a tropical storm watch.

And keep in mind, while 30 to 40 mile an hour winds may not sound like much (compared to what Florida is seeing) but over a sustained period of time, they can bring down trees, which in turn, can bring down power lines. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said it "will cover your house". As you mentioned, the power outages have been severe. Perhaps the days, weeks, and months after Hurricane Katrina set a low bar, but these past few weeks have shown us the worst of times being met with the best of America.

President Donald Trump on Sunday approved a major disaster designation for the state of Florida, making full federal assistance available for emergencies as well as when the eventual hard work of recovery begins.


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