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Surviving Irma on Marco Island: 'It was a badass hurricane'

12 September 2017

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall near Naples early Sunday morning.

Marco Island Police Department Capt. Dave Baer confirmed that there are parts of the island, like Barfield Drive, with 1 to 2 feet of standing water.

Irma's heavy rain could also bring flash flooding and rapid rises on creeks, streams and rivers.

At 1 p.m. Sunday., the center of Hurricane Irma was located just south of Naples, Florida.

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The hurricane triggered mass evacuations of historic proportions, with more than 6 million people asked to flee in Florida and neighboring states.

Honig said he doesn't know when or at what level the storm surge will stop.

Scott drove from Pensacola to Mobile, Ala., Monday morning to catch a flight aboard a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 for an aerial tour of the Florida Keys, according to his office.

At least 7 million homes and businesses were left without power in the southeastern United States-mostly in Florida, Reuters reported, citing state and local utilities.

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A tropical storm warning has been extended into much of Central Georgia, and now covers much of north and central Georgia and Metro Atlanta.

As Hurricane Irma dissipated into a tropical storm on Monday, Florida's residents emerged to streets littered with debris and downed trees while almost two-thirds of the state was left without electricity. "It's bad now, it's going to continue to get worse", meteorologist Angie Enyedi said. While 19,500 workers had been sent out to begin the reconnection efforts, Florida's state utility provider said it may take weeks to restore power to some areas, though the eastern coast of the state is likely to see power return "within days".

Additional slow weakening is expected, and Irma is expected to be a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.

Tampa Bay is particularly vulnerable because the bay acts as a funnel for storm surges, forcing water into narrow channels with nowhere else to go. The utility company says it must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process followed by fix crews, which could take several days.

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But forecasters have warned the threat to life still remains, as Florida continues to be battered by 100mph winds and torrential rain. At a North Miami home, water severely flooded a backyard. "We urge everyone to stay indoors and stay safe".

Surviving Irma on Marco Island: 'It was a badass hurricane'