Florida Power & Light: More than 2 million without power amid Irma

'Where do I go from here?': Toronto's Caribbean community rushes aid to islands battered by Hurricane Irma

'Where do I go from here?': Toronto's Caribbean community rushes aid to islands battered by Hurricane Irma

Bottom line, no impact, no worries here in New England from Irma.

A storm surge warning wraps around the Florida coast as concerns over a surge of as much as 15 feet could occur along the coast. "This is a life-threatening situation".

Ploghoft said he wasn't able to evacuate because his flight plans didn't work out. Now Ploghoft and three others are holed up with stockpiles of water, canned food and battery power.

"Pray, pray for everybody in Florida", Governor Rick Scott said on Fox News Sunday.

"We have challenges with security, particularly as it relates to looting", the BVI's Department of Disaster Management said in a statement on Facebook on Saturday.

Scott said Florida will receive help in recovery efforts from several states through equipment, supplies and personnel.

A Florida sheriff asked Pasco County residents not to fire their guns at Hurricane Irma Saturday after locals planned a special event to shoot their guns at the incoming storm.

Flying objects such as coconuts turned into unsafe projectiles. The employee captured video of the collapse.

"There is no seawall whatsoever", Spuler said. The storm's violent gusts destroyed the instrument used to measure wind strength, Cuba's meteorological agency reported.

People who refused to evacuate were not being arrested, but were told they would not be rescued once the storm arrived.

Construction sites across Irma's potential path in Florida were locked down to remove or secure building materials, tools and debris that could be flung by Irma's winds. It was the costliest hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the United States until it was surpassed by Katrina in 2005. "Storm shutters are closed", he said. The Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted this morning officers are sheltered for safety and can not respond to calls for service.

"This is a lovely town but now it is a disaster", said local resident Sandro Sanchez, 27, walking through the main square after the hurricane had passed Remedios, in Villa Clara.

Irma's threat prompted Tampa officials to order a 6 p.m. curfew for Sunday evening.

Irma has proven catastrophic, killing 24 people this week in the Caribbean and leaving entire islands in ruins.

But privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What is a storm surge?" "And you put your life in your own hands by not evacuating". The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 90 miles per hour (145 kph) near its Key West office. I looked at our traffic cameras around the state this morning.

Mass evacuations sent throngs onto jammed highways heading north and created a severe gas shortage in some parts the state. Petersburg area by Monday morning. The hurricane center warns that winds affecting upper floors of high-rise building will be much stronger than at ground level. Two more were killed in a vehicle crash in Hardee County.

The coastal city of Naples, Florida, was directly in Irma's path on Sunday afternoon.

"I've been here with other storms, other hurricanes. I couldn't sleep. I'm scared of hurricanes and this is the worst I have been through", she said. "We're close enough to the ocean where any rain water would have run off".

Ngai said he planned to crouch in the bathtub when the storm makes landfall.

Stroud said early Sunday that the wind was blowing hard, but her family was OK. "We've moved everything away from windows".

"This will no doubt be one of the most complex, not just in our company's history but in the history of this country, in terms of restoration", he said. Officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida are ordering evacuations of certain residents in low-lying areas. A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, some 200 miles from the sea.

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