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Eye of Hurricane Irma hits mainland US

Eye of Hurricane Irma hits mainland US

He also reported downed power lines and other debris.

Irma is already uprooting trees and turning streets into rivers. Seventy-eight percent of tropical storm days and 96 percent of major hurricane days happen during this time.

President Donald Trump, who spent the weekend monitoring Hurricane Irma from Camp David with members of his cabinet, called the Category 2 storm "some big monster" on Sunday. "They saw impacts from this storm overnight".

The city appeared to avoid a direct hit from the hurricane, which has claimed three lives in the USA so far, but heavy rain and flooding is still a major threat.

Streets emptied across the bottom half of the Florida peninsula, and some 127,000 people huddled in shelters. Storm surge flooding in downtown Jacksonville exceeded a record set during a 1964 hurricane by at least 1 foot, according to the National Weather Service.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

With gas stations in the area closed, drivers low on fuel get a few gallons from a Florida Department of Transportation Road Ranger at an I-4 off-ramp north of Orlando, Florida, on Monday. But as the storm neared, some Floridians hunkered down rather than hitting the road.

"It definitely went a step above even that particular one", he said.

Hurricane warnings cover all of Florida except the western Panhandle, where a tropical storm warning was in effect. Then she headed inland to a friend's house.

"Not only did we go west, but so did Irma".

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The Tampa-St Petersburg area, with a population of about three million, has not taken a direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921. No injuries have been reported.

More than 2 million people in Florida are now without power and at least three people have been killed.

Flying objects such as coconuts turned into unsafe projectiles. At least two construction cranes partially collapsed. Streets flooded, and flying objects such as coconuts turned into risky projectiles. Another dangled over the city's Edgewater neighborhood.

The whole of the southern tip of Florida has seen high winds, driving rain and storm surges. "That is a storm surge, basically like a wall of water, like a pancake of water".

Irma did not cause as much damage in Florida as some forecasters had feared. "I think we're really well coordinated, as well as you can possibly be".

All around the region, millions of homes and businesses lost power during Irma's passage, with many of those outages in Florida.

McMaster's order late Friday required people on seven barrier islands, plus Edisto Beach, to begin evacuating Saturday morning.

As of Monday the storm had weakened to a depression, with wind speeds of 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), but it continued to threaten northern parts of the state with flooding. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.

Hurricane Irma dissipated across the southeastern United States by Tuesday morning.

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