Irma Brings Flooding And Disaster To Jacksonville, Florida

Peter Castro
September 13, 2017

The current projection has Irma continuing northward and gradually weakening until it becomes a mere tropical depression... in Indiana.

Deal also issued an executive order authorizing 5,000 National Guard personnel to be mobilized on state active duty for response and recovery operations from Hurricane Irma.

There is still the threat of of tropical storm force winds, flooding rains and tornadoes, even though the storm is expected to track well to the west of the state. "This is an extremely risky and life-threatening situation".

ALLEN: Well, right now, Irma is a Category 2 storm, a strong Category 2, 110 mile per hour winds, large storm still with winds extending some 80 miles from the center. The storm is expected to begin dying down by tonight, at least the winds are.

The governor said he was directing the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to activate the state's emergency operations plan due to the potential for dangers associated with excessive rainfall, strong winds, flooding, fallen trees and road closures.

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Jose passed north of the Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane. Nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes, according to the governor.

Forecasters said Irma could push 4-6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) of storm surge into coastal areas as far north as Charleston, South Carolina.

In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 miles per hour, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics. Perhaps the days, weeks, and months after Hurricane Katrina set a low bar, but these past few weeks have shown us the worst of times being met with the best of America.

The Department of Defense said in a statement Monday it has initiated response operations for the state of Florida while continuing such operations for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Gov. Rick Scott requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump "to help bring important federal resources and aid to Florida" once Irma passes, he said.

As Irma left Cuba late Saturday and directed its wrath toward Florida, authorities on the island were assessing the damage and warning of staggering damage to keys off the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.

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