Aircraft carrier is rushed to hurricane-battered Keys

Aircraft carrier is rushed to hurricane-battered Keys

Irma, which prompted one of the largest evacuations in USA history, is expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous US state, a major tourism hub, with an economy comprising about 5 percent of US gross domestic product.

In Jacksonville, record-breaking flooding from Irma's storm surge continues to affect the city. "Life-threatening storm surge" is a danger along portions of the coasts of Florida, Georgia and SC, the NHC said.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday and would likely dissipate Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said. "Intense rainfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour will lead to flash flooding". "This is a storm of enormous destructive power, and I ask everyone in the storm's path to pay heed to all instructions from government officials", Trump said. "I have friends who evacuated, though". But last night everything got a lot quieter.

A wind gust of 142 miles per hour was recorded at the Naples Municipal Airport as the storm kept its top sustained wind speed of 110 miles per hour.

He said: "It is frightful what we saw". "That doesn't seem to be the case now". It took power crews two hours to disconnect the electricity so the mane could escape the vehicle.

"I will tell you in no uncertain terms - and I am not going to sugarcoat it - this is going to be a hard storm", Buckhorn said at the news conference. "We have for 90 years avoided this day, but I think our day has come".

Later Sunday, the storm struck Tampa and St. Petersburg, the two largest cities around Tampa Bay on Florida's western coast.

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"My family evacuated as well as most families", junior business management major and Tampa resident Cole Hernandez said.

A local news photographer shared on Twitter an image of long lines of people waiting to get inside the Germain Arena shelter in Estero, Florida, in the southwest part of the state.

Duncan said being away from his family during the hurricane feels odd. Indian-Americans who own hotels have opened up their unreserved rooms and in many cases their banquet halls have been converted into makeshift dormitories for those who left their homes in Florida to escape from the wrath of the hurricane.

"We know that we are ground zero for Hurricane Irma", he told reporters.

The full impact of Irma on Florida remains to be seen, but early reports give us a sense of how much assistance residents will need to recover and rebuild.

At the time, forecasters anxious what would happen once the storm passed Tampa. Several areas were without water, power or communications, and all three of the islands' hospitals remain closed, officials said.

"They normally don't unless it is going to be a Category 3 or higher", he said.

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