The storm surge threat, explained in 400 words — Hurricane Irma

13 Septembre, 2017, 16:33 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb
  • The storm surge threat, explained in 400 words — Hurricane Irma

A storm surge warning is in place for the low-lying Florida Keys and Tampa Bay, with people urgently warned to stay away from the water.

"It quickly became clear that it was in the best interest of our players, coaches and fans to reschedule next week's Miami at Florida State game", ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement.

At least three people are reported to have been killed as Hurricane Irma sweeps into Florida, carrying 130mph winds and threatening to devastate large parts of the so-called Sunshine State.

Those who did not evacuate are now on their own, as emergency responders will not venture out into the harsh winds of what is now a full-blown hurricane in southern Florida. The storm then headed for Florida's southwestern coast, making landfall again at 3:35 p.m. on Marco Island and weakening to a Category 2 shortly thereafter.

A slightly less dire 2016 study by CoreLogic estimated that about 450,000 Tampa homes-one-third of the total-are vulnerable to hurricane flooding. The storm made landfall in Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning. "And we tried to warn everybody and for the most part they've left but that's a bad path to be in". In a Twitter statement today, KSC officials said the center is entering a secure HURCON 1 condition as the storm approaches. "I know a lot of people around the world want to help".

Recently planted palm trees lie strewn across the road as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla. Subsequent runs have shifted further west, primarily because it stayed south and it clung onto the Cuban islands for longer. Monroe County, where the Florida Keys are, began mandatory evacuations on Wednesday.

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Earlier estimates had been for up to 12 feet of storm surge along the coast. "[It will be] the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992".

Meteorologist Tony Reynes said, "If you don't immediately evacuate, you can lose your life".

After tracking west over the last 24 hours, Irma stalled a bit near the Cuban coast Saturday.

Flamingos are being herded to safety at Busch Gardens in Florida. "Dispatch told her how to do it and she's stable at home".

"After it happens, be patient, wait until local officials tell you to go back", he added.

Through the storm is projected to pummel the state's Gulf Course, the entire state is in danger due to the storm's size.