Irma recovery could require 11M meals, 24000 tarps and more

Irma recovery could require 11M meals, 24000 tarps and more

The company closed Turkey Point's Unit 3 on Saturday as Irma approached the coast but decided not shut Unit 4 at that time because the hurricane track shifted away from the plant toward the western part of the Florida Peninsula.

In the US territory of Puerto Rico, more than one million people were left without power after the storm. No one, and we mean no one, has more data on these storms than the National Hurricane Center, which is where News19 and other reputable TV & radio stations and digital media sites get their information on the storm's path. "Irma is still a Category 2 hurricane and is moving north northwest through the Tampa Bay area".

Irma, now a tropical storm with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km per hour), was located about 35 miles (56 km) west of Gainesville and headed up the Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. ET (1200 GMT).

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday. Monday offered a mixed forecast for Miami-Dade County - gusts of winds of up to 50 miles per hour in the early morning hours, with a sunny upper 80s temperature day predicted and the possibility of showers and thunderstorms. "This is a life-threatening situation", he said.

About 6.5 million homes and businesses remained without power across Florida, and officials said it could be weeks before power is restored in all places.

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Irma comes just days after Hurricane Harvey dumped record-setting rain in Texas, causing unprecedented flooding, killing at least 60 people and leaving an estimated $180 billion in property damage in its wake. Hurricane Jose is seen (right) near the Leeward Islands.

Irma has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power after wreaking a trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean.

Amid urgent warnings from state officials to evacuate before it was too late, downtown Miami was all but abandoned on Saturday.

Durda said parts of South Florida are still dealing with some moderate to heavy rain from the outer bands of the storm, because it was such a big system.

"I'm in great communication with the White House and Homeland Security", Long said.

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