Irma Zeroes in on Florida With $200 Billion Damage Toll Seen
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After battering Cuba early Saturday and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, newly strengthened Irma is taking aim at south Florida with 160 mph (257 kph) winds as another hurricane follows close behind.The U.S. Coast guard noted that it had cleared many of the ports in Puerto Rico and that there were no active maritime search and rescue cases associated with Hurricane Irma in the immediate area.
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Just off Old Cutler Road in southwest Miami, Alberto Valdes estimated that he was half a block from the shore of Biscayne Bay. But despite pleas from his neighbors — including a broadcast reporter who had covered the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew — nothing could convince him to abandon his one-story home.
Tornadoes were possible as soon as midday Saturday across central and southern Florida, continuing through Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.
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The Atlantic’s strongest storm has left destruction across the Caribbean. Witnesses warn others to brace themselves as Irma moves toward Florida.Mastropaolo was talking to a neighbor, 79-year-old William Castor. Castor, shirtless in the 95-degree heat, said he hadn’t yet heard about the mandatory mobile home evacuation. County and city officials hadn’t yet come to the park.McDonald said she was “deeply disturbed by the media images of Dutch Marines walking around St. Maarten with guns when instead they should be handing out water, food, and other supplies.”
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Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the eastern part of Cuba reported no major casualties or damage by mid-afternoon Friday after Irma rolled north of the Caribbean’s biggest islands.
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Forecasters adjusted the storm’s potential track more toward the west coast of Florida, away from the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people, meaning “a less costly, a less deadly storm,” University of Miami researcher Brian McNoldy said.
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Castor was raised in Miami, and Mastropaolo said she weathered storms on Long Island, including Sandy. Neither has lived in the park for a year, and neither was convinced that it was necessary to leave for Irma, at least not yet.
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▪ As of Wednesday, we have several thousand workers dedicated to planning and preparing to respond to Irma, and this number will continue to grow.“What can we do?” said a woman who gave her name as Sonya and was visiting with her husband from Germany. “In Germany we don’t have situations like this. My sister back home is very scared. She keeps asking, ‘Are you all right? Is the storm there yet?’”#GOES16 day cloud phase RGB showing heights of clouds in #Irma: cyan: low clouds in eye; yellow: deep convective clouds; red: high cirrus. pic.twitter.com/eHVzNPvb0jThree storms in this screenshot. I don't ever remember seeing something like this. Stay safe, south. #Irma #Jose #Katia pic.twitter.com/6tKByeC0fQOn the ground the destruction is worse the than the Prime Minister feared. The whole island will have to be rebuilt pic.twitter.com/W6kkQUPSgf
Comment Email Print advertisement NAPLES, Fla. — Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm late Friday as it made landfall in Cuba, forecasters said, on a path predicted to bring it to Florida and potentially causing catastrophic damage.
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Irma threatened to push its way northward from one end of Florida to the other beginning Sunday morning in what many fear could be the long-dreaded, catastrophic Big One. Evacuees clogged interstates across Florida and Georgia, as far north as Atlanta.
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The scale has changed in one significant way over the years. In 2010, the federal agency removed references to storm surge from the scale after some surge expectations proved to be off-base. (Storm surge refers to how far open waters reach beyond their normal levels on coastal land.) Instead, the center directs people to more specific forecasts about storm surge.
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More than 100 FDNY and NYPD first responders were already in Georgia, bracing for rescue and recovery efforts once Irma unleashes it fury on the mainland.Approximately 5.6 million Floridians have received evacuation orders, both voluntary and mandatory, the Florida Division of Emergency Management told ABC News late Friday night. That figure exceeds 6 million people, when South Carolina and Georgia are included.
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Comment Email Print advertisement Rescues continued in parts of the Caribbean on Friday, after powerful Hurricane Irma swept through the region and left devastation in its wake on the way to Florida.
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“Wind damage is totally going to throw a wrench into the insurance industry,” Watson said. “You are talking about companies failing.”“We’ve lost many, many homes. Schools have been destroyed,” he said. “We foresee a loss of the tourist season because of the damage that was done to hotel properties, the negative publicity that one would have that it’s better to go somewhere else because it’s destroyed. So that will have a serious impact on our economy.”
“There’s been years where we’ve had three,” said hurricane center spokesman Dennis Feltgen. “Unusual, but not a record.”
At 3 a.m. Saturday, the extent of the damage remained unclear, but state television provided glimpses. A local camera crew in the town of Ciego de Ávila broadcast footage of felled trees and smashed lampposts on the road outside the studio.For more details, please check out this map. #Irma #SCWX #SCTweets pic.twitter.com/VIPsq7p4HB
“There is no electricity or running water and they have not received any assistance,” McDonald said. “They are running out of food and water, and have been driving around in search of supplies, but to no avail. They are calling us when they are able.”
Enlarge this image A photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage on St. Martin in the wake of Hurricane Irma on Thursday. Gerben Van Es/AP hide captionAbout 5.6 million people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate as forecasters expect the hurricane to hit Florida early Sunday morning.
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Strickling huddled with her husband and their year-old daughter in a basement apartment along with another family as the storm raged for 12 hours.
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