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Power's out for 3.3 million so far in Florida

Power's out for 3.3 million so far in Florida

A screenshot taken by journalist Sam Sweeney shows, as he wrote, "not a single airplane over the state of Florida".

The first, at about 9:10AM, was over the Florida Keys, an isolated string of islands.

While the Indian Consulate in Atlanta was coordinating with various community groups and was in constant touch with community leaders and Indian passport holders, the Indian-American community organisations in Atlanta launched an unprecedented relief effort for those in distress due to Hurricane Irma. Or the storm could veer further west and cross the Florida Panhandle into Alabama.

Where will Irma hit Florida?

Local 4's Kholby Martin is in Fort Myers, Florida, awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

One storm-related death had been confirmed in rural Worth County, Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Catherine Howden said Monday afternoon. "Florida's peninsula is only approximately 160 miles wide and this storm stretches more than 300 miles, so we expect storm surge and tropical storm-force winds or higher across our entire service territory".

Hurricane Irma has already cut a devastating path through the Caribbean and is on track to hit Florida on Sunday.

Irma has a very large wind field.

Clearing roads: Crews were working to clear roads and restore power Tuesday. Both are sleeping at the Largo High shelter, after getting the advice, "When they saw it was coming this way they say, 'Run for your life'".

How bad will storm surge be?

The biggest danger to life and property from Hurricane Irma could come from storm surge that forces seawater inland, which could topple houses, isolate residents who don't evacuate and make drowning an imminent threat, the National Hurricane Center is warning. Wind gusts approaching 160 miles per hour are possible in some areas.

Despite weakening, Irma's winds remain a major risk, particularly because of flooding, forecasters have warned.

A hurricane watch was also issued for the SC coast from the Georgia line to Edisto Beach, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Charleston.

While most are following advice to evacuate, some are planning to ride it out.

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Similarly, there are nine arriving flights from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale that have been canceled at JAX through Saturday. ET Wednesday. "It's just kind of part of living in south Florida and that's ok", Emilie Tamboe of Boynton Beach said.

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Asked for a specific number of those who could lose power, Long said, "You know it's hard to speculate, but some of the estimates could be 5 million people without power based on this, you know, south-to-north trajectory, and it's not just Florida; it's going to be moving into Georgia as well. over the next five days".

Irma devastated much of Marco Island, off the southwest coast of Florida, leaving it with no electricity or clean water.

More than 6.5 million people have been told to evacuate.

The weather service says the Smith Shoal Light station recorded a 74 miles per hour (119 kph) wind gust on Saturday night.

Some 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in US history.

Florida: About 4.4 million customers - which includes homes, organizations and businesses - are without power across the state, authorities said.

How many flights have been canceled?

But Irma's interaction with land weakened the storm from a potentially catastrophic Category 5 to a Category 3. Airports in Florida's Panhandle were less affected as of early Saturday. 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. As of 7 p.m., 10,000 people are in Pasco shelters.

How could the storm impact Florida's economy?

Waves crash against the lighthouse after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba, September 10, 2017. Forecasters also warned tornadoes could form in large portions of the state.

Will Irma harm Florida's citrus crops?

State officials are also fearful the massive rain that was soaking the state could also lead to flash floods.

Not over yet: Residents near rivers will start to see flooding as the days go on, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said. The most immediate worry is the vast orange crop in central and south Florida. It caused $15 billion in damage and was blamed for as many as 35 deaths in the U.S. The storm damaged about 95% of the buildings on the island, said Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The British government said the British Virgin Islands needs extensive humanitarian assistance.

Porter, Wallace and other South Dade community leaders say that some locals have heeded Miami-Dade County's evacuation order for more than 650,000 people living mostly in the barrier islands and east of USA 1 and Biscayne Boulevard.

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