Hurricane Irma Caribbean death toll rises

  • Hurricane Irma Caribbean death toll rises

Hurricane Irma Caribbean death toll rises

Irma made landfall there Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour and a storm surge of at least 10 feet.

After Harvey's devastation and Irma's continued destruction, this is the first time ever the US has had to deal with two category 4 storms in the same year. FEMA chief Brock Long has said some places won't have electricity for weeks. Millions of Florida residents were without power and extensive damage was reported in the Florida Keys but most of the Sunshine State appeared to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage from Hurricane Irma. "We have no cell service, no electricity, and no water", Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said.

Local 10 News meteorologist Julie Durda said the system will move out of Florida by Monday afternoon.

In the Jacksonville area, close to the Georgia border, a storm surge brought some of the worst flooding seen there, with at least 46 people pulled from swamped homes.

Authorities plan to fly over the Keys on Monday, officials said.

"The storm will remain over warm water for the next several days, and this should allow it to maintain a robust circulation", AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Media reports link at least four deaths to the storm in Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott, who spent the days before the storm hit beseeching the islands' residents to evacuate, said Monday that he is flying down to the Keys to survey the damage.

Irma was once the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, a Category 5 with a peak wind speed of 185 miles per hour.

Just as in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, the babies affected by Hurricane Irma need support in the form of diapers. A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages held at around 3.6 million for much of Monday morning. On St. John, about 80 percent of homes were destroyed. Its outer bands were also blowing into Georgia, where the storm's center was expected to arrive later in the day.

Shortly after Irma ravaged the Caribbean, strong Jose formed, threatening already wrecked houses, businesses and shelters with major loss of communication. "We've got roads that are impassable, so everybody's got to be patient as we work through this".