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Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma move into South Carolina

13 Septembre 2017

Irma hit South Florida on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Storm surges also swamped some coastal areas in Georgia and SC.

Recovery operations are ramping up around Florida and beyond, even as the weakened vestiges of Irma dump rains across the South in such states as Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

It would cross the eastern Florida Panhandle and move into southern Georgia later in the day, dumping as much as 41cm of rain, it said.

Across social media, scores of terrifying videos and images have been shared of what's been called one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Atlantic, having killed two dozen people in the Caribbean. Most of the outages were in Southeast Florida. When it finally hit land, it devastated Barbuda, St. Martin and other Leeward islands with direct hits, and brought massive flooding to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

BOOKER: Millions of residents in Florida are eagerly awaiting electricity to come back on.

The county administrator in the Florida Keys says crews will begin house to house searches Monday morning, looking for people who need help and assessing damage from Hurricane Irma.

WILLIAM PITTMAN: Our lights have been out, went out at about 4:30 this morning, and they're still out.

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Hurricane Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, weakened to a Category 1 storm yesterday but remained risky as it continued its furious climb up Florida's south-west coast.

Key West resident Laura Keeney was waiting in a Miami hotel until it was safe to return to the island chain and anxious to hear more about her apartment complex.

Every few minutes during the height of the storm, he sent another dispatch.

"Tides at 5 AM were running 3 feet above predicted at Downtown Charleston and 5 feet over at Fort Pulaski", the Weather Service said. He kept his humor though, texting to "send cold beer" at one point.

Boats are seen at a marina in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.

Irma is now headed northwest, and will lose power along the way, headed to a death in the Ohio Valley or along the banks the MS, where it will cease being a tropical storm, Vallier-Talbot said.

Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma move into South Carolina