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Hurricane Irma batters Cuba after bringing devastation to the Caribbean

13 September 2017

More than 1,300 workers from other utilities from as far away as the Midwest and Northeast are traveling to Florida to assist with the operation.

Coastal communities reported rising flood waters in streets, three Miami construction cranes fell and a sewage pump in Hialeah failed.

"Stay inside. Go up".

The response has even prompted the Pasco Sheriff's Office to warn residents not to take up arms against a hurricane. Most of the outages are in Savannah, Ga., and the surrounding areas.

After what she called a terrifying night bunkered in her house in St. Petersburg, on Florida's Gulf Coast, with her children and extended family, Julie Hally emerged with relief on Monday. "It is really the sheer magnitude of the winds that destroyed these properties".

"My heart just pounded out of my chest the whole time", said Hally, 37.

"I've talked to the president pretty much every day", Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

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Hurricane Irma dissipated across the southeastern United States by Tuesday morning. "When Americans are in need, Americans pull together and we are one country".

A storm surge flooded Jacksonville's downtown area, and JEA, the city's electric utility, reported at least 267,000 customers were without power. He also described downed power lines and other debris.

The hurricane center also emphasizes that Irma will bring life-threatening wind to much of Florida regardless of the exact track of its center.

Most traffic lights in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, were not functioning on Monday morning, and sand, blown from the county's beaches, covered the A1A highway.

The governor said it is important for people to pay attention and prepare for storms.

At least four temples in Atlanta region have opened up their doors for people fleeing from Florida, residents of a large parts of which have been asked by the State government to evacuate.

Irma has killed more than 20 people and left a wide swath of destruction as it smashed its way through Caribbean resort islands like Saint Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Antigua. However, they warned its maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour (110 kph), with higher gusts.

Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida
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.

Hurricane Irma has hit Florida with 200km/h winds, flooding the only road connecting the Florida Keys with the mainland and knocking out power to more than 1.6 million homes. About 110,000 people remained in shelters statewide.

Before turning on Florida, the storm pummeled Cuba with 36-foot-tall (11 meter) waves after ravaging several smaller Caribbean islands.

And more than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in Orange County, just outside the city of Orlando, as floodwaters started to pour in.

Almost 60 percent of all Florida electricity customers were left without power, affecting about 5.8 million accounts, and some outages could persist for weeks or even months. Atlanta's global airport - the world's busiest passenger airport - canceled almost 200 flights early Tuesday.

The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta's global airport - the world's busiest passenger airport - to cancel almost 200 flights early Tuesday.

"Significant river flooding is possible beginning Monday and Tuesday in much of central Georgia and southern SC where average rainfall of 3 to 6 inches and isolated 10 inch amounts are expected", the hurricane center said.

Trump stressed that his top priorities are life-saving and life-sustaining efforts in affected areas, the White House said.

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Hurricane Irma batters Cuba after bringing devastation to the Caribbean