Hurricane Irma thrashes Florida

Storm surge warnings were in place for Tampa Bay, from the South Santee River in SC to the Flagler/Volusia County line on the Atlantic Coast and from Cape Sable northward to the Ochlockonee River on the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Irma, once a hurricane, is churning its way away from the Tampa Bay region.

Jose, a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, was about 95 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands around 2 p.m. ET, moving northwest at 14 mph, the center said. On Monday morning the storm was north of Tampa, moving at about 18 miles per hour.

He and roommate Krock Indigo, 22, wanted to experience the intensity of the storm.

In Miami Beach, streets were already submerged after torrential rain.

Four people have died and millions are without power as Hurricane Irma rips across Florida, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Not everyone heeded the calls.

Scott also announced that once the Department of Transportation clears road access to Port Everglades and Port Tampa, the Florida Highway Patrol will start to escort fuel trucks to gas stations.

Trump has offered the full resources of the federal government to Florida and the affected states. "I mean, there's really nowhere safe", Cone told MSNBC in a phone interview.

Neighborhoods like Naples under water. "Today we rescued many of them".

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"We're asking folks to be patient and remain sheltered in place", said St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles.

A weakened but still risky Irma is pushing inland as it hammers Florida with winds and floods that have created hazards even for rescuers trying to help beleaguered residents. One touched down near Fort Lauderdale, the National Weather Service said.

The emergency management director for Leon County said that Tallahassee appears to have been spared from injuries, damage, and flooding, the network reported.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Holly Crawford said Monday the areas with the most outages were Glynn and Chatham counties.

Amid fears of debris and reports of looting, curfews have been imposed in areas such as Miami-Dade County.

The major risk for the Keys and Florida's beaches will be the storm surge, which is like a storm-aided high tide. The hurricane spilled storm waters into homes and created winds that broke construction cranes, among other things. "It's bad now, it's going to continue to get worse", meteorologist Angie Enyedi said. Cape Sable to Captiva may see a storm surge of 10-15 feet.

He said Irma will "cost a lot of money" but that he's most concerned at this point with saving lives.

Authorities have urged residents in the state to evacuate, but like many, Chapman waited too long and now can't leave.

According to ABC News, seven people have died in Florida due to the storm.


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