5.6 mn Floridians ordered to evacuate as Irma closes in: emergency officials

5.6 mn Floridians ordered to evacuate as Irma closes in: emergency officials

5.6 mn Floridians ordered to evacuate as Irma closes in: emergency officials

In the case of Bullet vs Storm, the storm is going to win, every time.

Irma on Sunday gained strength as it made landfall in the Florida Keys, with hurricane-force winds reported in major population centers, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The National Hurricane Center said water levels in Naples rose 7ft (2.1m) in just 90 minutes. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said it "will cover your house".

"No resource or expense will be spared to protect families", the governor said in his latest of several updates delivered throughout the day on Saturday.

"This is going to sneak up on people", Rhome said.

MIAMI | Hurricane Irma kept Florida State and Miami on the sideline this week - and will do so again next weekend. Storm experts say southwestern Florida should expect a storm surge of 10-15 feet above ground level, which is "survivable by no one". But he emphasized that Tampa is prepared.

The President's main concerns are the people in the affected areas and ensuring a "whole-of-government response", said acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who participated in the briefing.

There is a hurricane warning for almost the entire state of Florida. It can happen quickly and far from a storm's center, inundating areas that don't typically flood.

Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach worries about storm surge on the west coast, calling it "surge central". "There's no two ways around it". "I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself".

About 1.2 million residents were already without power, Duke said, reiterating that outages could affect as many as 5 million people. It regained some of its strength early Sunday, however, before its eyewall made contact with the Keys.

Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay.

The first load will head to Florida Keys Marathon Airport. As it can handle about two C-130 planes at a time, the plan is to land two every two hours, keeping a steady flow of goods. No other vehicles or people were involved. Some 20 inches of rain and a storm are expected there as well.

Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people. Ossman had been working at the Hardee Correctional Institute for 21 years.

Authorities are reportedly concerned looters could raid luxury homes abandoned by residents who have evacuated the area, reports The Miami Herald.

- At least 24 deaths have been blamed on Irma in the Caribbean islands, where it hit before barreling toward Florida. "Win the game, then focus on everything else".

Havana was in recovery mode Monday, with crews cleaning away thousands of fallen trees and electric restored to a handful of neighborhoods.

The storm blew in with such intensity that observers saw the water at the Naples pier rise by four feet in 30 minutes.

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