Hurricane Irma by the Numbers

Tricia Pearson
September 14, 2017

This is how big Hurricane Irma is.

The storm was trudging Florida's west coast. This is the longest any cyclone has maintained that intensity on record, according to Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University.

The first aerial images have come in of the extensive damage left by Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys, where county administrators said an "astounding recovery effort" that will soon involve an aircraft carrier is beginning Monday.

Irma made landfall just after 9 a.m. Sunday at Cudjoe Key, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside Key West.

The U.S. Defense Department said it may need to help evacuate about 10,000 people stranded in the Florida Keys by Irma. While the projected track showed Irma raking the state's Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the entire state, including the Miami metropolitan area of six million people, was in extreme peril from the monstrously wide storm.

In Central Florida Irma's eyewall proceeded on the east side of Sarasota around 10 p.m. and should move between Tampa and Orlando through around 1 or 2 a.m., from south to north, initiating wind flurries between 75 and 100 miles per hour right through the region.

Irma was expected to hit the heavily populated Tampa-St.

The city appeared to avoid a direct hit from the hurricane, which has claimed three lives in the USA so far, but heavy rain and flooding is still a major threat.

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Further north in Jacksonville, one of the cities worst hit by the storm, the city was still recovering from the flash-floods that engulfed the region on Monday leading to hundreds of emergency rescues.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday.

Throughout Florida, 62 percent of the state was without electrical power, affecting about 13 million people, the state Emergency Operations Center said Monday evening.

A third construction crane has toppled in Florida in the powerful winds of Hurricane Irma.

"[A deputy] told me everyone could be in this building for days", he said. Except for Pensacola, all of Florida's ports remain closed; Port Everglades and Port Tampa Bay have fuel tankers awaiting unloading, Gov.

A Miami woman who went into labor was guided through delivery by phone when authorities couldn't reach her because of high winds and street flooding. Officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone. If you're in shelter or other safe location - stay there.

Hurricane Irma remains a risky Category 2 hurricane despite weakening a bit more to 100 miles per hour (160 kph). "Preparation for this storm will not detract from World Vision's continued response to Hurricane Harvey", the children's charity said. "I'm hoping they can get a message to us through a neighbor or friend".

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