Why the Water Retreated From Florida Bays Before Irma's Storm Surge Arrived

Why the Water Retreated From Florida Bays Before Irma's Storm Surge Arrived”

On Marco Island, home to about 17,000 residents, 67-year-old Kathleen Turner and her husband rode out the storm on the second floor of a friend's condominium after failing to find a flight out. The Upper Keys, including the communities of Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamodrada, were accessible, but the remainder of the 110-mile island chain, home to 79,000 people, remained closed as damage was assessed.

Full restoration of power could take weeks in many areas, FPL said, due to expected damage to the company's system. It forced evacuation orders for millions of people - many of whom are now facing the task of rebuilding and repairing their homes. A tweet by WFLA reporter Josh Benson included footage shot by Miami business owners while inside their store, showing the view through the window - they were surrounded by a wall of water that appeared to be several feet deep.

The hurricane's death toll is now up to 25 people, as Irma has battered the Caribbean, Cuba and the Florida Keys. It left more than 20 people dead across the Caribbean and as it moved north over the Gulf of Mexico's bathtub-warm water of almost 90 degrees, it was expected to regain strength.

HURRICANE Irma is showing signs of weakening and could be downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday.

More than 800,000 were without power in Miami-Dade County.

A spokeswoman for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said President Donald Trump spoke to the governor for about 10 minutes Sunday morning to offer assistance.

Scott said 65 percent of Florida was without power. Each announced a limited schedule.

Hurricane Irma left the British overseas territory of Barbuda "barely inhabitable" according to the Prime Minister, Gaston Browne.

As of 8 a.m. EDT Sunday, the hurricane was centered about 20 miles (30 kilometers) east-southeast of Key West, Florida, and was moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). Irma, now regarded as a post-tropical cyclone, was moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 15 miles per hour.

At least eight Georgia hospitals, including Emory Healthcare's orthopedics and spine hospital, went to backup generators at some point during the day to keep providing care.

"It's development in the future versus tropical storms or hurricanes", Regalado said. Charleston police asked residents to avoid downtown in anticipation of high tide.

Georgia Power offered the following tips and resources for customers to make use of before, during and after the storm.

Rescue mode: Mayor Lenny Curry said Monday his city was in "rescue mode", with teams working to evacuate people from low-lying areas.

"We're experiencing widespread outages and there is no need to report your outage at this time", an FPL alert message reads. The plan should include the destination of travel, alternate routes, gas stations and a re-unification plan if family members become separated as well as a list of critical information such as utility accounts and insurance documents.

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