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After assaulting Florida, Hurricane Irma heads north

hurricane irma

Inforgraphic by ABC News

 

by Joseph Earnest September 11, 2017

 

Newscast Media ATLANTAHurricane Irma hammered Florida over the weekend, leaving more than 6.7 million people were without power in Florida alone as of Monday morning. At least four deaths have been attributed to the storm.  Nearly 7 million residents – roughly one-third of the state's population – evacuated the Sunshine State ahead of Irma.

"This is a storm of epic proportions," Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday afternoon. Later in the afternoon, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Florida.

A flash flood emergency was declared for downtown Jacksonville early Monday as Irma continued its assault on Florida with damaging winds, heavy rain and storm surge.

Water is rising in the downtown area of Jacksonville as the winds switch to the south, pushing water northward into downtown, according to the National Weather Service. 

The Miami International Airport said Sunday that all flights have been canceled until further notice, according to a release. 

The airport sustained more than 100 mph wind gusts and suffered significant water damage, the Miami Herald reports.  

Northwest of Miami, officials in the city of Hialeah said widespread power outages affected the sewer pump system, and some backups may occur until repairs are completed.

Miami-Dade and Broward public schools will remain closed until further notice due to recovery efforts.

According to CBS News, Hurricane Irma that hit the Florida Keys on Sunday as a Category 4, was downgraded to a tropical storm as it finally pushed its way out of the state and into Georgia, where it caused more misery.  Add Comments>>

 

 Source: Weather Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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