Hurricane Irma whips Florida

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 13, 2017

Rick Scott warned residents that Hurricane Irma could bring a potentially deadly storm surge when the storm passes along the state's west coast.

While Irma's northern turn has raised the threat to Florida's west coast, it potentially spares Miami a direct hit.

Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in Florida as Hurricane Irma's winds and rain lash the state.

This story was first published on, "Irma regains strength to Category 4 as Florida awaits the worst". The National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. update reflects some weakening due to land interaction and increasing wind shear, as expected. This storm surge will cause significant flooding in coastal locations of northeast Florida into southeast Georgia.

But don't focus so much on the category number, which is determined exclusively by wind speed: It's the combination of wind, storm surge, rain, flooding, and even the possibility of tornadoes that are the biggest concern for much of the Florida peninsula.

Two Florida men recently created a Facebook event called "Shoot At Hurricane Irma" and invited Floridians to stand outside Saturday evening and shoot their guns while Irma came barreling in.

At least 25 people have been killed since Irma began its march through the Caribbean, smashing through a string of islands from tiny Barbuda on Wednesday, to the tropical paradises of St Barts and St Martin, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos.

The National Hurricane Center warned that preparations had be complete in southwest Florida in a matter of hours as the tropical storm force winds are expected Saturday night.

The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory on Sunday, warning that Tampa Bay was in danger of storm surges.

Irma made landfall just after 9 Cudjoe Key, about 20 miles outside Key West, forecasters said.

Irma was at one time the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic with a peak wind speed of 300km/h last week.

And Irma was a Category 5 storm for around 3 days - which is also almost a record. Witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ruins.

"As the people off the Gulf Coast just begin to sift through the damage brought by Hurricane Harvey, our nation, tragically, must attempt to comprehend the approach of Hurricane Irma", he said in a statement September 9.

Florida is bracing for a possibly catastrophic hit from Hurricane Irma, and even with the fourth largest economy in the United States, the economic impact to the Sunshine State could be severe.

"We try to get rid of most of the debris, seeing as we're going to be facing Jose in a few hours", Brooks said.

On the west coast, storm surge could reach as far as seven miles (11 kilometers) inland, meteorologists say.

"I've heard there's some significant damage, right where the eye of the storm hit", Scott told NBC.

Other crops may be spared Irma's wrath, but it'll depend on the storm's course, which is still uncertain.

US President Donald Trump said his administration is monitoring the situation around the clock and is "as prepared as we can be".

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