New information on Hurricane Irma's impact

New information on Hurricane Irma's impact

"The people of Florida need to know that our hearts and our prayers and all of our efforts are with them and will be with them until this storm passes", the vice president said.

In the dark: According to state officials, more than 50,000 customers are without power in Monroe County, Florida, which includes the Keys. The rainfall could be between 8 to 16 inches in parts of Georgia, 3-12 inches in western SC, and western North Carolina and about 2 to 5 inches in eastern Alabama and southern Tennessee, reported Heavy.

Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday.

Michael Rivers of North Lauderdale, Fla., said losing power took him from "anxious before and during the storm, to bored and angry after due to the loss of's hot".

With the arrival of what is potentially one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Florida, officials have set aside 3.2 million liters (0.85 million gallons) of water, filled 67 trailers with meals, and amassed 24,000 tarps.

"We now go through the much longer phase, which is the recovery phase", said Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Irma, which had rampaged through the Caribbean as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday.

Irma roared ashore as a powerful Category 4 hurricane when it hit the far southern Florida Keys on Sunday, tearing boats from their moorings, uprooting palm trees and downing power lines, after devastating a string of Caribbean islands. He said nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes.

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"The crews on Miami Beach are doing everything they can to clear up these streets", Levine said in a video posted on Twitter.

"It's disgusting, what we saw", Scott said.

"There's no electricity throughout the Keys".

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross.

Gusts topping 90 miles per hour whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to more than 750,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area. About 5,000 of the Keys' 30,000 permanent residents stayed to ride out the storm, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said. "You still have time, this morning, to get out!"

And in Alabama, some city school districts including Birmingham, Huntsville and Auburn planned to close Monday and in some cases Tuesday. No flooding, no wind damage, no tornadoes, just a breezy day with a few scattered pockets of rain.

Ferguson reported from Jacksonville.



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