Georgia and SC have become the latest USA states to be hit by Hurricane Irma, as the storm weakened to a huge, 415-mile wide tropical depression. The region has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1921. A storm surge of 10 feet was recorded there and appliances and furniture were seen floating away, according to AP. There were 166,598 customers without power across the state of Georgia, according to Georgia Power.
Forecasters with the Florida Public Emergency Network say the Irma is now moving north to the Fort Myers area, with the strongest winds now east of Fort Myers in the area of 80-100 miles per hour. Two people were killed in Monroe County, which encompasses the Florida Keys.
Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning (Sep 10) as a unsafe Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.
Hours later, one of the mightiest hurricanes ever to slam the state made a second landfall on Marco Island near the beach resort of Naples.
Irma was churning toward the heavily populated Tampa Bay region, a zone seen as particularly susceptible to storm surges due to its geographical position and sloping land off the coast.
How did it arrive in Florida?
The massive storm toppling trees, dumping torrential rain.and snapping power lines. leaving more than 2 and a half million homes and businesses without power. Miami saw winds up to 159km/h.
The hurricane’s powerful eyewall crossed the Gulf of Mexico island at 3:35 p.m. Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, after raking Cuba and slamming the Florida Keys.
The boom of the crane collapsed at the Vice Tower in Miami, The Miami Herald reported. It now seems the city will not be hit by the worst of Irma, but as the AP report above says, it will still take a severe battering.
Miami streets were flooded as the water crept up on and around Brickell Avenue, which runs from the waterfront through the city’s financial district and newly built high rises.
Hurricane Irma and her remnants should be cleared out by Tuesday and we can expect mostly sunny skies with a high in the low 90s.