Hurricane Irma hits lower Florida Keys: US forecasters

13 Septembre, 2017, 15:17 | Auteur: Lucien Wathelet
  • Hurricane Irma hits lower Florida Keys: US forecasters

People who didn't evacuate were told to brace for the storm by pulling in lawn furniture, wind chimes and anything else unsecured on their property. Still, the storm is being blamed for at least five deaths at the moment, and an incredible amount of damage.

The National Hurricane Center projects 15 to 20 inches (38 to 50 centimetres) of rain with spots up to 25 inches (64 centimetres) for the Florida Keys.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma", said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

"Do not put yourself or your family's life at risk", Scott said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said over 400 shelters have been opened across the state. "This is when we are Tampa strong".

"There is no seawall whatsoever", Spuler said.

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Miami's financial district was flooded, trees and power lines were downed and businesses and homes inundated as streets turned into rivers.

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

"Mounts Bay was not there by chance".

Also, John Huston has been riding out the storm in his house on Key Largo in the northern Florida Keys.

Inga Beale, chief executive of insurance market Lloyd's of London, warned that the string of storms battering the US and Caribbean coasts this month could rack up losses of $200bn (£151bn) for insurers.

Water levels are already rising on the coast of the US state where a huge storm surge is expected.

On Sunday a video was uploaded of what appeared to be Hurricane Irma blowing off a roof from a building in Miami. "Life-threatening storm surge expected in the Florida Keys and the wet coast of Florida". On Friday, the utility had estimated that 4.1 million accounts or 9 million people would lose power in the storm.

A BBC crew reported widespread destruction in the British Virgin Islands, where the floods left communities devastated and boats piled on top of one another.

Two others died in a car accident in Hardee County, Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 mph, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics. She grows citrus fruits and raises cattle on the farm, which has been in her family for generations, she said.

The focus narrowed to the peninsula's western flank through Sunday, specifically St Petersburg.