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Millions Without Power As Irma Pounds Florida

12 September 2017

As a result of this incoming severe weather, it is very likely Brevard residents will lose power and FPL's Hurricane Irma Storm Center Outage Map can assist you to stay informed about restoring service in your area. Scott has called up and sent out 7,000 National Guardsmen across the state, some of whom have been dispatched to the more than 400 shelters that have been set up.

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At Raymond James Stadium in Tampa - where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play football - local, regional and statewide authorities are using the parking lots and surroundings as a staging area for high-water vehicles and equipment.

If the current track holds, wind gusts can be as high as 100 miles per hour in Sarasota and Manatee counties, with threats of tornados. Because of the storms position southeast of the state, any tiny shift in track now ends up potentially being a bigger shift later as Irma nears the state.

As the storm headed for Georgia, the city of Atlanta - hundreds of miles from any coast, and more than 600 miles north of the place where Irma first hit the mainland - was placed under its first-ever tropical-storm warning.

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FPL had said on Friday it planned to shut both units at Turkey Point sometime on Saturday about 24 hours before hurricane force winds reached the plant.

Despite downgrading to a Category 2 hurricane Sunday evening, Irma is still packing powerful winds as it continues to batter the Florida Peninsula.

More than seven million people, nearly one-third of the state population, were covered by evacuation orders - mostly in Florida, but also in Georgia and SC.

In one of the largest US evacuations, almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to seek shelter, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.

Irma has killed at least 20 people so far, leaving a trail of destruction in the Caribbean.

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In downtown Miami, two of the two dozen construction cranes looming over the skyline collapsed in the wind.

Several areas of Jacksonville, Fla. are flooded on Monday after the St. John's River overflowed.

He said the Navy dispatched the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with search and rescue and other relief efforts. "My heart just pounded out of my chest the whole time", said Ms Hally, 37.

Chief Meteorologist Paul Dellegatto said the long awaited turn to the northwest should occur later on Saturday.

With FEMA still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Irma could test the agency's ability to handle two disasters at the same time. The Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay also are in the warning. This means most people who chose to stay hunkered down at home or in a shelter can expect hurricane-force winds in excess of 74 miles per hour. It caused $15 billion in damage and was blamed for as many as 35 deaths in the U.S.

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Millions Without Power As Irma Pounds Florida