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For Hurricane Irma, the metrics are measured in millions

13 September 2017, 12:10 | Mandy Simon

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"I just hope everyone survived", Gov. Rick Scott said.

About 310,000 of Tampa Electric's 700,000 customers were estimated to have lost power in the wake of Irma, president and CEO Gordon Gillette told CNBC Monday.

Some 116,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as the Category 2 hurricane flooded Miami streets and plunged three million properties into darkness.

Irma struck as a Category 4 but by late afternoon had weakened to a Category 2 with 110 miles per hour (177 kph) winds that whipped Florida's palm trees with drenching squalls.

Ahead of Irma's arrival, some 6.5 million people in southern Florida, about a third of the state's population, had been ordered to evacuate their homes.

Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early Monday after it whipped through southwest Florida and left almost 4 million customers without power.

The hurricane, which killed at least 25 people when it churned through the Caribbean, has slowed down and moved west-northwest at 11 km/h. The second one hit Marco Island, leaving the entire island without water and power, authorities said. "It was was like, 'Oh my God, what is going to happen?"'

As anxious Florida residents watched weather forecasts this week, it seemed clear Hurricane Irma was on track to strike Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other Atlantic coast cities, prompting a massive evacuation.

There also is a storm surge warning in effect for the Volusia/Brevard County Line southward around the Florida peninsula to Chassahowitzka, plus the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay. And so it's going to ... take us a little bit longer to do everything we care to do after a storm because we have to bring the assets south. "Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through".

5pm-11pm Monday: Right now this looks like the worst of it with heavy rain, continued high winds with gusts as high as 60 miles per hour in northeast GA.

"We have seen significant numbers of evacuees stopping at our interstate visitor centers and rest areas seeking lodging, and there are few hotel rooms remaining available", said NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.

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.

Weather forecasters are warning of possible tornadoes in Florida, Georgia and SC through Monday night.

The woman, who hasn't been identified publicly, first called emergency services at 3:23 a.m. on Sunday morning to report that she was in labor.

Hurricane-force winds extended across portions of central Florida on Sunday night, the National Hurricane Center reported. Irma's current projected path would see it cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon before heading into eastern Alabama. "You leave and then there is a major disaster then they don't let you come back to Florida until many days after", Constantinidis said.

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