Trump receives briefing on Hurricane Irma

Trump receives briefing on Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma passed over the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm Sunday morning, and later made landfall at Marco Island Sunday afternoon as a Category 3 storm with 115 miles per hour winds.

The latest fuel outages were reported just as Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm.

Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane before it weakened. 2 as it moved north into the US mainland, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (168 kmh).

The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued from Anna Maria Island southward.

"This is a deadly and devastating hurricane, and every part of Florida will feel the wrath of this storm", Silagy said.

"That will add more strain to an already strained system", DeHaan said.

Morales said she made a phone call to her daughter, who shares her name, in Florida, where millions of people were preparing for Irma's arrival.

Meanwhile, Florida Power and Light (FPL) estimated that almost 3.4 million of its customers could be without power at some point during Hurricane Irma. The last time was when Hurricane Matthew brushed the state's 100-mile coast without coming ashore last October.

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The storm was initially expected to hit Miami directly.

A line of utility trucks drive north on Interstate 75 in Florida on Monday.

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Forecasters warned of storm surge as high as 15 feet along a swath of southwest Florida and beyond.

Her home in Coconut Grove is just a block away from the water, she said.

While some evacuees from the Keys expressed anger at authorities refusing to allow them to return to their homes on Monday, the U.S. Defense Department said as many as 10,000 residents who had stayed put on the island may now be stranded and in need of evacuation. "If you have any damage or water getting into your house and you have to wait for two or three weeks to come back, then your house will be completely damaged by the time you come back to Florida".

This storm is forecast to move across Georgia with Tropical Storm force winds on Monday and Tuesday.

In other parts of the state as of Sunday night, like Tampa, residents had yet to see the worst that Irma could offer.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the U.S.", said Chris McGrath, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light.

President Donald Trump, attending a ceremony at the Pentagon on the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, vowed a full response to Irma as well as ongoing federal support for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Texas. At a gas station, the canopy and pumps were crumpled into a heap.

Tybee Island City Manager Shawn Gillen said waters were receding quickly, but numerous 3,000 residents' homes were flooded.

This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. But Irma is so large that even if the eye is to the west, Southeast Florida - including the Miami metropolitan area - will get unsafe winds and water. Tampa Bay hasn't been hit by a hurricane since 1921.

In 2016, more than 6.3 million people visited Pinellas County, which encompasses those cities, and generated more $9.7 billion in economic activity.

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McMaster had a dire warning for thieves and looters who might try to take advantage of the situation on evacuated barrier islands. Governor McMaster says what worries him the most is the wind and flooding potential to hurt people and destroy property.