Irma weakens but 6.2 mn without power in Florida

Amy Brown, a mother of two stranded in a resort on St Martin, told the programme: "Every single government has responded but there's been absolutely nothing at all from our government". At least 34 people were left dead in the storm's wake across the Caribbean. The mom was in critical condition.

"Storm surge is tricky because it really depends on the details of the storm track and local topography", he said.

The hurricane center also said, "Since the cyclone is very large its weakening will be fairly gradual, but the effects of land and shear should reduce the system to a depression in about 24 hours". Winds could also destroy the trees themselves in a region that accounts for almost 10% of the nation's fruit and vegetable farmland.

Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in South Carolina. He estimated that half the island's roads were at least partially submerged, and some were impassable. "It was the tidal surge, combined with all the rain from the nor'easter, which was six inches, and then Irma dumped another 10 to 15 inches". Before dawn, National Guard troops and Orange County Fire Rescue crews worked to rescue nearly 150 people and an unknown number of family pets, in some cases from water that had reached 1 to 2 metres.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, she said: "This is the most significant storm that has hit the United States in modern times".

During its march up Florida's west coast, Irma swamped homes, uprooted trees, flooded streets, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes. And the governor said damage on the southwest coast, including in Naples and Fort Myers, was not as bad as feared.

Damage to water supplies in the Keys remained a top concern, however.

"It's horrible, what we saw", Scott said. Officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone. "We'll be there with resources and support, both to save lives and to help to recover and rebuild these states and these communities". "This is not a one-day event". Nevertheless, residents and law enforcement officers dragged two of the huge sea cows on a tarp back to deeper water.

Monster storm Irma, which ripped a deadly path through the Caribbean, started to weaken Monday though it was still whipping parts of Florida with fearsome winds and rain, leaving 6.2 million people without power. "The St. Johns River has not seen these flooding levels since 1846", the City of Jacksonville tweeted. "A t-shirt, anything white", the office said on its Facebook page. "Search and rescue teams are ready to deploy".

President Donald Trump urged people to "be careful, be safe" during Hurricane Irma. More than 1.5 million customers were without power Monday night in Georgia.

Jose is expected to start heading in a west-northwest direction later this week.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area were braced for its first direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921.

The Hurricane Irma Solidarity Network was created by Miami-based organizer Brittany Williams and works in partnership with Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Safety Pin Box and Coalition to Support Racial Justice Organizing to raise money that goes directly to Black women in South Florida-and especially the South Miami Dade area-for long-term needs including home repairs and rent. The neighbor's screen patio was torn off and is laying in the street.

  • Monte Muniz