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Millions without power as Hurricane Irma hits Florida

16 Setiembre 2017, 08:16 | Azura Castelo

Millions without power as Hurricane Irma hits Florida

Millions without power as Hurricane Irma hits Florida

Hurricane Irma pummelled the north coast of Cuba yesterday, inflicting major damage as millions of people in the US state of Florida hunkered down for a direct hit from the monster storm.

Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys just after 9 a.m. Sunday with maximum winds reaching about 130 mph.

But the repairs are not finished and could be vulnerable to the storm. But the hurricane is so wide that authorities were bracing for destructive storm surges on both coasts of Florida and the Keys. "There will be life threatening winds tonight".

Still, not everyone heeded orders to evacuate coastal Florida. Florida, Florida State and Central Florida canceled their home games this weekend; Miami and South Florida weren't able to go play their road games.

Forecasters warned some areas could see a storm surge of up to 15 feet of water. "This is a life-or-death situation at this point", said Mayor Barbara Sharief.

Almost the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, with concerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges.

Irma would probably have hit Florida as a Category 5 hurricane if it had missed Cuba, Masters told The Associated Press.

Andrew, Katrina, Ivan and Mitch are among the retired names.

In downtown Miami, one of two dozen construction cranes looming over the skyline broke with a loud crack atop a high-rise in Irma's winds.

"Our efforts to reinforce and strengthen the (sinkhole) seal are proving effective", Neslund said.

- Miami-Dade officers can no longer respond to calls for service, the Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted Sunday.

Power could be out for weeks in some communities. Miami Beach has also issued a curfew starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday through 7 a.m. on Sunday, according to a press release.

"I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself".

It may intensify further over very warm waters north of the lower Florida Keys before the eye brushes the Gulf Coast of Florida late Sunday.

This is your last chance to make a good decision.

The governor has also waived the fuel tax in order to get gas into the state after the storm. He planned to ride out Irma, the latest of more than a dozen he has experienced from New England to the Bahamas.

The 60-year-old is with her husband and granddaughter and their dog. Meanwhile, more than 160,000 people waited in shelters statewide.

The four-county area, with approximately 3 million residents, encompasses two of Florida's largest cities: Tampa and St. Petersburg.

"I've been here with other storms, other hurricanes".

"I am concerned about people that don't believe in the storm surge", said Virginia Defreeuw, 76, who fled her mobile home in Naples to a shelter.

Being outside the cone, however, does not mean being exempt from Irma's impact. "I didn't think I was going to make it".

The time to prepare for Hurricane Irma has passed.

For three hours Friday night, he managed to block out the distraction.

Forecast models had anticipated Irma turning north earlier than it did, said CNN meteorologist Judson Jones. "Winds reach hurricane strength later this evening and overnight", said Spann. Though designed to withstand hurricane winds, city officials warned people to stay away from them. We just can't all leave.

Players from the Red Sox, Rays, Panthers and Boston Bruins will help run a collection for Irma relief at Fenway Park before and during the Red Sox-Rays game on Sunday. The Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando airports shut down. Vulnerable structures range from the towering Sunshine Skyway Bridge to toxic waste sites from the state's phosphorous mining industry.

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