Even with shut downs, other non-nuclear plants powered by fossil and natural gas are expected to generate enough to power to make up for losses unless they are severely damaged by the storm. Low in the mid-60s. Winds speeds will continue to ramp up into tomorrow morning and by lunchtime, we could have gusts topping 40 or 50 miles per hour to the east and especially southeast. A few higher rogue wind gusts can't be ruled out in these areas.
In the thick of natural catastrophe several problems such as fuel shortages, inundation, fallen trees, drowned power supply lines, thumping winds and blocked roadways are hampering the recovery operations. Strong and damaging winds possible from the coast to far inland.
The fierce storm was zeroing in on Florida, churning some 245 miles (395 kilometres) away from Miami and packing still powerful maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour.
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Chief Meteorologist Paul Dellegatto said the long awaited turn to the northwest should occur later on Saturday. In downtown Miami, two of the two dozen construction cranes looming over the skyline collapsed in the wind.
Tornadoes are possible Monday in the day and through the night near the Georgia and SC coasts, the NHC said.
Rainfall amounts of up to 20 inches could lead to flash flooding, especially in southern parts of Georgia.
The hurricane center has discontinued all storm surge and tropical storm warnings. Petersburg region would continue moving north over the western Florida peninsula through Monday morning and then into the southeastern United States late Monday and Tuesday. Call 911 and FPL at 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to report downed power lines or other risky or hazardous conditions involving FPL poles, wires or transformers.
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A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was cancelled in communities around the state. The surge in Charleston came from the Atlantic Ocean, and forecasters predicted that the water would push about a mile inland.
For the interior Carolinas, rain will become increasingly likely today, and for North Carolina, the heaviest period of rain will occur tonight.
Alabama and Mississippi: Irma, though weakening, should slide over northern portions of the states on later on Monday and into Tuesday.
"Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen".
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Houston is United's second largest hub after Chicago. "No one is taking those long trips and demand falls off". As with Harvey, airlines are partnering with relief organizations to help people impacted by Irma .
In addition to Irma, there is Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic and another area of showers/storms that has a medium chance of tropical development in the next 5 days. The 2017 hurricane season has not yet peaked, meaning the number of storms will likely rise much higher.
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