Where Will Hurricane Irma Hit in the US?

Hurricane Irma Pounds Florida Extent Of Damage Not Yet Clear

With extreme winds and rain from Hurricane Irma set to strike US state of Florida on Sunday, the impact of the Category 3 storm is already being felt by residents of Miami currently without power.

Announcing itself with roaring 130 mph winds, Hurricane Irma plowed into the mostly emptied-out Florida Keys early Sunday for the start of what could be a slow, ruinous march up the state's west coast toward the Tampa-St. Oftentimes when something like this occurs it becomes difficult to find a new date for the game to be played, but the Seminoles and Hurricanes had a perfect scenario here for everything that's going on.

The Category 4 hurricane could be one of the most damaging storms to hit Florida in the last 25 years.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. The storm has toppled trees and caused massive power outages throughout the area.

"We are working closely with our private sector partners to ensure that a level of normalcy is resumed to business services as soon as possible".

St. Martin and St. Bart remained under tropical storm warnings as of Saturday evening.

The former Antiguan Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, guided the transfer of about 2,000 people to Antigua from boats in Antigua, which lost more than 90 percent of its infrastructure. It is expected the number will grow as the hurricane hits the state.

Irma's Impact On South Florida Hinges On The 'Turn'
Winds of 295kmh winds battered the island of Barbuda , leaving a trail of destruction. The evacuation orders affect more than 100,000 residents, the Miami Herald reported.

Gas and water have largely dried up as locals scrambled to stock up, and flights out of Miami International Airport have been mostly canceled.

Power lines have been brought down in several parts of the central province of Camaguey, and communication is becoming increasingly difficult with towns in more remote areas, the BBC's Will Grant in Havana reports.

The Florida Keys are still directly in the storm's path and may get the brunt of the storm on Sunday morning when Irma's eye passes between Key West and Marathon. In a Twitter statement today, KSC officials said the center is entering a secure HURCON 1 condition as the storm approaches.

"The guy is in that unfinished tower with the crane on top", the Reddit user aded, linking to a Google maps image.

Despite fears that Barbuda would be struck a second time, it was spared from Jose as the storm veered north.

Saturday, the hurricane center said parts of Florida's southwest coast could see "catastrophic" storm surge, 10 to 15 feet high.



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