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Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Irma weakened further Monday afternoon as the center of the system moved across southwestern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located 10 miles east of Albany, Ga., and 150 miles south of Atlanta. Irma continues to move north-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.The NHC said Irma was likely to become a tropical depression Tuesday.The NHC discontinued several watches and warnings for southern parts of the state of Florida.A storm surge warning was in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River, as well as for North of Clearwater Beach to the Aucilla River.A tropical storm warning was in effect from the North of Altamaha Sound to the South Santee R...
Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceHurricane Irma is blasting up the west coast of Florida after buffeting the city of Miami, with dangerous flooding along long stretches of coast.It has been downgraded from category three to one but still has maximum sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h).More than 3.4 million homes in the state are without power, with parts of the city of Miami under water.At least four deaths have been linked to the storm and several areas have brought in curfews.Are you in the region? Have you been affected by Hurricane Irma? If it is safe for you to do so, share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.Florida's Director of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, said late in Sunday he could not yet confirm or deny reports of multiple deaths and extensive dam...
Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

Hurricane Irma churns toward Florida as state braces for storm surges up to 15 feet

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Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, hit Cuba overnight as a rare Category 5 storm before being downgraded to a Category 3 Saturday morning. It is expected to strengthen again as it heads toward Florida. As of about 3 p.m. Saturday, Irma was 140 miles southeast of Key West with winds of 125 mph. It was moving west at 9 mph and is expected to turn north and head up the western coast of Florida, making landfall on Sunday. "This is a life-threatening situation," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday. "Our state has never seen anything like it." The governor stressed the dangers of what he called a "deadly, deadly, deadly storm surge." ABC News meteorologists are forecasting storm surges of 10 feet in Tampa and Sarasota, and 10 to 15 feet from Fort Myers to Naples...
Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

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Hurricane Irma lashed the Caribbean today, causing at least nine deaths, while in the U.S., Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are facing states of emergency as residents brace for the monster storm. The storm -- called "extremely dangerous" by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) -- currently has sustained winds of 180 mph and even higher gusts. On Wednesday afternoon, Irma was battering the Caribbean, destroying about 90 percent of the structures and vehicles on Barbuda, officials said. In St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, at least eight people died and 21 were injured, according to the French Interior Minister. At least one person died in Barbuda, where there is widespread damage, said Midcie Francis, a spokeswoman for Antigua & Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services. Aer
Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5 as 2nd storm forms behind it

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5 as 2nd storm forms behind it

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Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, and catastrophic damage is possible in the Florida Keys and southern Florida this weekend as a second storm has formed behind it. Irma was packing 185 mph winds and gusts of more than 200 mph as of 2 a.m. ET Wednesday, and is expected to continue churning with deadly hurricane-force winds and a dangerous storm surge across a wide swath of the Caribbean this week before moving toward southern Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The dangerous storm made landfall in Barbuda around 2 a.m. on Wednesday and is moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Hurricane watches and warnings have been issued across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba and the Leeward Islands. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jo...