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Jacksonville hit with some of its worst flooding in 100 years

Jacksonville hit with some of its worst flooding in 100 years

Despite that, there was widespread relief that the storm surge triggered by Hurricane Irma, which swamped the city's business district, had not caused the catastrophic damage that had been predicted by meteorologists.

The US National Hurricane Center said Tuesday Jose weakened a little as it turned eastward as a Category 1 storm. This means most people who chose to stay hunkered down at home or in a shelter can expect hurricane-force winds in excess of 74 miles per hour. They said it could take weeks to fully restore service.

The governor said it was way too early to put a dollar estimate on the damage. "We will work on those at first light". Reports say that 10,000 people chose to ride out the storm.

Everybody FPL has available is "already being deployed" and the company is trying to secure more workers from out of state to help, Silagy said, including some crews who were assisting in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

According to CNN, two tornadoes that destroyed several mobile homes were reported in Brevard County, although there were no casualties.

A storm surge flooded Jacksonville's downtown area, and JEA, the city's electric utility, reported at least 267,000 customers were without power. Winds have snapped power lines and 72 percent of homes there are without electricity, officials say.

Chart showing the water rising to record levels in Jacksonville.

President Donald Trump has released emergency federal aid for Florida, describing the hurricane as a "big monster". How many people in the dangerously exposed, low-lying islands defied evacuation orders and stayed behind was unclear.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport were closed on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Miami-Dade County police announced the arrest of 28 people for robbery and looting.

In Cuba - which was hit before Florida - the death toll rose to ten as bodies were found in the ruins of collapsed buildings.

More than 22,000 miles above the surface of Earth, a new weather satellite run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured high-resolution imagery of three unsafe hurricanes moving across the Atlantic Ocean over the past week.


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