Storm leaves Florida in holding pattern

Tricia Pearson
September 12, 2017

Irma roared through the Florida Keys on Sunday with punishing winds before pushing its way north, flooding streets, spawning tornadoes, knocking out power to more than 3 million people across the state and snapping massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.

"This thing is a monster", he added.

"We're grateful that the brunt of the storm will miss us", he said.

"This is going to be a very, very lengthy restoration, arguably the most lengthy restoration and most complex in US history", he said, asking that customers be patient.

The resource adds that a category four storm - the strength of Irma when it first struck the USA mainland - would see "trees stripped of all foliage and fruit, many trees blown over and away from property".

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As of Sunday night, 112,759 customers for Tampa Electric had lost power, the utility said on its website. Scott has called up and sent out 7,000 National Guardsmen across the state, some of whom have been dispatched to the more than 400 shelters that have been set up.

Tropical Storm Irma has already caused over 12,000 flights cancellations throughout the United States, including 8,000 in Florida alone, according to CNBC.com. Irma's current projected path would see it cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon before heading into eastern Alabama. The warnings come as Hurricane Irma creeps closer to the state, preparing to make landfall somewhere in Southwest Florida. It is still moving west at 9 miles per hour and is forecast to start taking the turn to the north this evening. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean and five in Florida, according to ABC News Monday.

Tonight.Cloudy. Irma pulls away from the area. Irma moves into Central Georgia. North Mississippi is in the cone of impact for Tuesday. For now, have a plan just in case power goes out Monday due to strong winds.

Citing concerns about high winds from the outer edges of the storm as it sits over Florida, Robeson County schools announced that students would be released early on Monday to allow them to be home before the highest winds hit.

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