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Hurricane Irma pummels Florida; 'This one scares me'

17 Setiembre 2017

Some residents went out to find Irma had stolen the water away from the beach.

"No resource or expense will be spared to protect families", the governor said in his latest of several updates delivered throughout the day on Saturday. So doctors from Jackson Health System talked her through the birth of the baby girl at home.

More than a quarter of Florida's population was ordered to evacuate-about 6.4 million people.

Florida is bracing for the full impact of Hurricane Irma.

The residents of Barbuda, still reeling from Irma, were forced to evacuate Friday to their sister island of Antigua, picked up by fishing boats and private vessels ahead of the next storm.

Elsewhere two babies were expected to be born at Hialeah Hospital on Sunday, according to a spokeswoman, Patty Vila.

Leading up to its back-to-back landfalls in the Florida Keys and on Marco Island, several twists of fortune eased the pain the storm inflicted on the state. The second Hurricane Irma baby, Yuliet Martinez Vega, arrived at 3:32 p.m., delivered by Dr. Guillermo Kohn.

The NWS warns areas of Florida covered by the hurricane warning could be uninhabitable for weeks or months. Irma's westward shift has now put major Floridian cities such as Naples and Tampa at risk. It's not ideal, but it's the reality for many.

The man appeared to be uninjured and was able to pick himself off the ground after the incident. The eye of the storm isn't expected to come ashore along the Florida Keys until early Sunday, but rain bands are already pummeling the area. Did they go too far in sounding the alarm about this storm?

Though the projected path of the storm has changed and many Floridians have already evacuated from the southern part of the state, the National Weather Service warned on Saturday that much of Florida and the southeast will still experience life-threatening winds regardless of which way the storm ultimately moves, meaning that people who have already evacuated areas that were originally in the projected path of the storm should not return to their homes.

Irma has already killed dozens across the Caribbean, leaving decimation in its wake.

Andrea Prather, a singer from the Gulf Coast city of Fort Myers, said she was confident that she would stay safe on the 25th floor of her high-rise building. Trump and his cabinet were at Camp David in Maryland, receiving updates on the storm.

For anyone sheltering in place from the Keys to Tampa, the advice that follows is particularly important as you are likely to be in the core of Irma's strongest winds.

Hurricane Irma slammed into the easternmost islands of the Caribbean Wednesday before moving on and lashing Haiti and the Dominican Republic and the Leeward islands in the northwest.

And the Tampa Bay Rays aren't going home after their weekend series in Boston ends Sunday; they're off to New York, where they'll be the home team against the Yankees - playing at Citi Field, the New York Mets' ballpark.

About 30,000 people heeded orders to leave the Keys as the storm closed in, but an untold number refused, in part because to many storm-hardened residents, staying behind in the face of danger is a point of pride.

Hurricane Irma pummels Florida; 'This one scares me'