The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will cross Monday into southwest Georgia, where a hurricane warning was in effect for a large rural area including the cities of Albany and Valdosta. The band of rain and tornado producing cells was moving quickly, officials said.
Some 400 miles north of the Keys, people in the Tampa-St.
Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma blows through the streets on September 10, 2017, in Miami, Florida. Roughly 70 reporters and producers are in the field, and many employees have all but moved into company headquarters.
"We are good so far", she said in a text message just before 5:30 a.m. "It's blowing hard".
The hurricane first struck Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday. The monster storm still churning.
Expats and tourists have spoken of their terror at the most powerful storm ever in the Atlantic Ocean, and shock at the extent of the damage.
"Anyone who didn't heed the evacuation orders here in Miami Beach, it's time to bunker down", Van Dam said.
Shelters have been opened in parts of Georgia ahead of the storm.
This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. About 6.4 million people were told to flee.
US President Donald Trump was briefed on Irma's track and on federal preparations for aid while at Camp David on Sunday.
The Foreign Secretary said there had been an "unprecedented" effort to deal with the aftermath of the storm.
This morning, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said that the state will require the most expensive programme in US history to recover. Petersburg area started bracing for the onslaught.
World Vision said that it has trucks filled with supplies that are ready to be shipped to affected areas. Many businesses had yet to protect windows with plywood or hurricane shutters.
"We have very serious, significant river flooding along the banks of the St. Johns River".
"It is particularly dangerous because it may not be apparent that the winds have switched to an onshore direction", he said. Residents around the state cleared out store shelves, grabbing the essentials as they prepared for the incoming weather. High-rise apartment buildings were left standing like islands in the flood.
Hurricane Irma battered South Florida Sunday, knocking out power for millions of people. According to the FlightAware.com tracking site, a total of 3,582 U.S. flights were canceled on Monday, mostly as a result of the storm.
Shortly after the incident, another reporter tells him: "Alright brother, do me a favour - get to safety".
Don't just repair your home from the current storm, also build in hurricane-resistant features to help protect against future events.
Miami International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, halted passenger flights through at least Monday.
"We'll never get in", Jamilla Bartley lamented in the parking lot.
On top of that, "there's no electricity throughout the Keys".
Which areas were hit before Florida?
Hurricane Andrew smashed into suburban Miami in 1992 with winds topping 165 mph (265 kph), damaging or blowing apart over 125,000 homes.
One British family told how they sheltered in a wardrobe as Irma hit their home in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands as a category five storm.
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