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Florida governor: 76K people without power

13 Septembre 2017

While the Indian Consulate in Atlanta was coordinating with various community groups and was in constant touch with community leaders and Indian passport holders, the Indian American community organisations in Atlanta launched an unprecedented relief effort for those in distress due to Hurricane Irma.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 85 miles per hour (135 km/h), with higher gusts, as it was downgraded to a Category 1 storm. The storm will weaken as it travels over land. Officials said the arena remained in one piece, but wind-driven water leaked in at the height of the storm.

Five storm-related deaths have reported so far in the USA state, after Irma crossed ten Caribbean countries and territories, killing at least 28 people. In the Caribbean, at least 24 were people were killed during Irma's destructive trek across exclusive islands known as the vacation playground for the rich.

On the east coast of the state, which avoided a direct hit from the eye of the storm, Gould expects repairs to last "probably a week or more".

During the peak hours of the storm Monday, almost 1 million customers across the state were without power. The hashtag "Recover813" is being utilized on social media to help officials see the scale of damage caused by the storm.

Miami's streets turned into rushing rivers, as storm surge alerts were in place throughout much of the state. Authorities were set to begin house-to-house searches Monday to check on survivors.

Fort Lauderdale police arrested nine people they said were caught on TV cameras looting sneakers and other items from a sporting goods store and a pawn shop during the hurricane.

This morning, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said that the state will require the most expensive programme in USA history to recover.

Waters in Charleston Harbor peaked at almost 10 feet high, the city's third-highest reading, topping Hurricane Matthew in 2016, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

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A child died on the island of 1,600 residents, and 1,413 people were evacuated to Antigua. Klotzbach says Irma's energy metric tops all of the first eight named storms, including Harvey, of the 2017 season - combined. I just hope everybody has evacuated and gotten to safety.

"Now it's time to heed our warnings", Curry said. Heavy rains will continue through southern Georgia and eastern Alabama.

President Donald Trump, who is personally reviewing the preparations and rescue and relief operations, spoke on Sunday morning.

"They said this one is going to be bigger than Andrew".

"Along with the high wind threat, another concern will be the potential for life-threatening storm surge inundation along and near the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast as the storm exits", the weather service warned West Central Florida.

Florida's governor activated all 7,000 members of the Florida National Guard, and 10,000 guardsmen from elsewhere were being deployed.

For days, forecasters had warned Irma was taking dead aim at the Miami area and the rest of the state's Atlantic coast.

"Florida will get through this", he said.

Florida governor: 76K people without power