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New information on Hurricane Irma's impact

New information on Hurricane Irma's impact

Irma's eye wall came ashore not long after it was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm on the five-point Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

In terms of preparing for the storm, Shelley Rossiter of industry body Florida Citrus Mutual pointed to a resource on the University of Florida website that outlines how to prepare citrus groves ahead of such an event.

Extreme weather journalists Simon Brewer and Juston Drake have been pictured online shunning safety advice to report from areas worst hit by the category 4 storm.

"There is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast", it said in a statement.

Forecasters say they expert Irma's center to stay inland over Florida and then move into Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. "It's the first time I have not been in Florida for a major hurricane".

While the storm howls, she said one of the hardest parts is not being able to see what is going on because of the boarded up windows.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday. Almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to get out of the storm's path, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.

The Fort Worth-based airline canceled all flights at the Miami airport starting on Friday evening in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, along with flights at three other south Florida airports. Those bands could extend along the east coast.

Duncan said his family didn't evacuate from its Panama City home.

Scott said that he knows many Floridians want to resume their normal lives as soon as possible.

Citing concerns about high winds from the outer edges of the storm as it sits over Florida, Robeson County schools announced that students would be released early on Monday to allow them to be home before the highest winds hit.

"Florida will get through this", he said.

Britons in the path of Hurricane Irma have been warned to "have your own contingency plans in place" in case help is unable to reach them. North Mississippi is in the cone of impact for Tuesday.


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