Heavy squalls with tornadoes from Irma sweep south Florida: NHC

Wednesday, 13 Sep, 2017

Some who responded appeared to take the event seriously, posting pictures of themselves with what appeared to be firearms. "As important as football is to all of us, it really pales in comparison when you're talking about life-threatening events and the ramifications of something like this hurricane". President Trump has said he will travel to Florida "very soon" to assess the relief efforts. The five feet of storm surge in Miami Beach and downtown Miami turned streets into rivers and made some areas impassable by car.

The only thing that could make a big difference is if the storm makes landfall on the southern tip of Florida instead of paralleling the west coast. Praying in the general direction of people in the path of the storm won't help or stop that, though. Major hurricane force winds were expected over the Keys by sunrise on Sunday, the centre said. Photo: Joe Raedle/GETTY 0: Palm trees are blown around in the high winds from Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

While Irma had weakened, it was still wreaking devastation across South Florida.

Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon, in Havana, Cuba, ahead of the passing of Hurricane Irma. "Property is replaceable but lives are not and safety has to come first".

Irma hit Marco Island, Fla., around 3:35 p.m. Eastern as a Category 3 hurricane, after earlier making landfall over the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m.as a Category 4 storm.

Hurricane Irma is now battering the Florida Keys and is expected to hit the rest of the state in the next 24 hours.

After more than a week of anticipation and dire warnings from public officials, Hurricane Irma battered the Florida coast Sunday. The National Hurricane Center forecast potentially deadly water being driven ashore by the winds of up to 4.6 metres. It was cool to see the response this got from Facebook.

Florida Power & Light, the state's largest electric utility, said there were nearly 1 million customers without power in Miami-Dade County alone.

As Irma moves inland and away from the warm waters that strengthen hurricanes, forecasters said the storm should lessen in intensity, but the winds will maintain hurricane strength at least until Monday morning. "The storm surge will rush in and it could kill you". "A hurricane's not going to knock down a concrete building".