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Irma brings floods to Florida, Georgia coast

Irma brings floods to Florida, Georgia coast”

Jacksonville - the largest city geographically in the country - is grappling with a record storm surge and will get slammed with severe flash flooding before Irma continues her destructive northward march to Georgia and beyond.

Over six million homes and business in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama have been hit by power cuts as a result of storm Irma.

At the time, forecasters anxious what would happen once the storm passed Tampa.

In Jacksonville, at the far northeast corner of Florida, Irma set a new coastal flood record, beating the one set during 1964's Hurricane Dora.

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

"Not only did we dodge a bullet, but we survived pretty well".

Daylight brought an opportunity to assess the damage in South Florida, although the full extent of the devastation remains unclear.

Irma actually reached a Category 5 hurricane, making it the most powerful storm in the open Atlantic with winds reaching 185 miles per hour, according to SFGate. Wind gusts caused a litany of destruction in Miami and other cities where homes were destroyed.

The city of St. Augustine was closed Monday morning, the city's police department announced. "Lots of power lines down, traffic signals are down, road debris, trees".

- 5.8 million customers are without power across Florida, state emergency officials said.

Florida may be weeks away from stability.

More than 500,000 customers have lost power in Georgia because of Tropical Storm Irma. The storm was weakening, but still potent, as it traveled northward through Georgia and SC.

Weather officials warn that Irma is expected to keep producing high winds and heavy rain, although it has weakened. They say the river is at historic flood levels and is likely to get worse around 2 p.m.at high tide.

Police in Miami-Dade County said they had made 29 arrests for looting and burglary.

The Cuban government reported yesterday that 10 people had been killed after Irma battered the island's north coast with ferocious winds and 36-foot (11-meter) waves over the weekend.



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