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Hurricane Irma's devastation, in pictures

Hurricane Irma's devastation, in pictures”

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a unsafe Category 4 hurricane, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. He said Irma was risky and life-threatening, and pleaded with people in the storm's path to "heed the warnings" of local officials.

Tampa Electric reported more than 300,000 accounts had been knocked offline.

"The hurricane winds lashed the shutters violently, throughout the night", he wrote in a text message, "making sleep impossible". A day later, it had weakened to a tropical storm, but still brought unsafe storm surge flooding to Jacksonville.

Collier, Lee, Volusia, Brevard and Hillsborough counties each had more than 200,000 customers in the dark. Some homes and businesses could be without power for weeks, especially in the hardest-hit areas like southwest Florida, the NextEra Energy Inc unit said.

Before Jose's slight weakening, it was the first time on record that the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday.

In one of the largest US evacuations, almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to seek shelter, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.

The alarming announcement of another massive hurricane comes as military personnel and emergency responders from the United States and Europe rush to aid those still reeling from Irma, which roared across the same region as a Category 5 storm on Wednesday.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St. Thousands of homes in Florida were reported to have power outage.

That doesn't mean there's going to be a tsunami in Tampa Bay, but it does show just how strong this storm is - and, once the water returns, you still won't want to be caught standing in what is usually the bay. The second one, in Marco Island, left the island without water and power, authorities said.

Irma, which hit just days after the Houston area was deluged by unprecedented flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, was expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous U.S. state. Now around three million people live there. During the night, at least 160,000people slept in shelters throughout the state. "What's going to happen now?" 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.

A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

The State Department said Monday that US embassies and consulates have reopened in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Barbados and Curaçao, although services were limited.

A truck in Miami is overturned in the winds and rain of Hurricane Irma on September 10.

Irma devastated several Caribbean islands en route to Florida.

Irma's rampage across Florida broke records in Jacksonville before heading north to torment Georgia and beyond.



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