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Irma to regain strength after downgraded to Category 3

Irma to regain strength after downgraded to Category 3”

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a category four storm as it nears Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 209km/h.

Hurricane Irma passed over the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm Sunday morning, and made landfall at Marco Island this afternoon as a Category 3 storm with 115 miles per hour winds.

Along the Gulf Coast, two manatees became stranded after Hurricane Irma sucked the water out of Sarasota Bay, in Florida's Manatee County.

At North Collier Regional Park, a designated shelter just outside the city of Naples, anxious evacuees prayed they and their loved ones would remain safe when the storm made landfall.

The storm has left at least 22 people dead and thousands homeless across the Caribbean, and threatens to rack up as much as $200 billion in damages.

Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in SC.

Hurricane Andrew razed Miami's suburbs in 1992 with winds topping 165 miles per hour (265 kph), damaging or blowing apart over 125,000 homes. Until Irma passes, that's where they'll stay.

"The entire area of South Florida is covered in rain", Local 10 News chief certified meteorologist Betty Davis said.

"Hurricanes gain strength in warm Tropic watewrs [sic], so we can cool the Atlantic Ocean and prevent any kind of storm teaching Florida".

Conditions improve on Tuesday and Wednesday when the rain chances ease back to 20 and 30 percent and the winds subside even more.

Some 6.3 million people in Florida had been told to evacuate. Nearly 400 shelters are open in counties in the path of the storm.

"We may have been a little bit lucky in that it went on the west and it may not have been quite as destructive, but we're going to see", Mr Trump said, addressing reporters after returning to the White House from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland where he spent the weekend monitoring the storm.

A flood watch remains in effect for all of South Florida until 8 p.m.

Irma is one of two tropical systems churning in the region.

Greg told CBS 12 that he wanted to take advantage of the high waves and fast wind brought on by Hurricane Irma. The country was struck by a powerful natural disaster on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and triggering a tsunami warning.

Despite fears that Barbuda would be struck a second time, it was spared from Jose as the storm veered north. These maps show the model's wind forecast. In a parting blow to the state before pushing on to Georgia and beyond, the storm caused record flooding in and around Jacksonville, causing untold damage and prompting dozens of rescues.

The RPM also gives us projections of the storm's wind field.

Usually when a person prepares for a hurricane, there a few things on their mind: food, water, shelter and, if possible, a generator to help them weather the storm.

"The storm surge will rush in and it could kill you".

Although widespread wind damage isn't anticipated in South Florida, residents in the area can expect strong coastal inundation, flooding and tornadoes.

Florida police have warned people not to fire guns at Hurricane Irma after a joke on Facebook spiralled out of control.

Florida Power & Light Co. said it now has 16,000 fix staff in the state, triple the normal amount.

Mr Trump on Friday signed a 15.3 billion United States dollars measure to replenish accounts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and speed federal assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey, which struck southeast Texas and neighbouring Louisiana towns just three weeks ago.



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