Powerful Hurricane Irma striking Cuba

The Latest: Gov Scott: State dealing with fuel, traffic jams

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm over Florida, but it still had winds near hurricane force.

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

If an evacuation order comes down for your area, do you know where to go and what zone you're inside?

This makes it the most sustained category 5 storm and the second most sustained major hurricane in the satellite era (starting in 1966), trailing behind Ivan in 2004.

Statewide, an estimated 13 million people, or two-thirds of Florida's population, remained without power.

Earlier, Hurricane Harvey also hit Texas as a Category 4 storm, which marked the first time on record that two storms that powerful had made landfall in the U.S. in a single year.

The "cone of uncertainty", as it is known, shows the most likely path for the storm and has been a reference point for days, as the hurricane left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean and bore down on Florida.

He said boats were cast ashore, water, sewers and electricity were knocked out, and "I don't think I saw one trailer park where nearly everything wasn't overturned".

More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters. "What's going to happen now?"

So far, the brunt of the storm has affected Florida Power & Light's customers in the states' southern and eastern sections, and its own operations were not immune, either.

The Latest: Gov Scott: State dealing with fuel, traffic jams

During its march up Florida's west coast, Irma swamped homes, uprooted trees, flooded streets, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes.

"The power's going to be out for a long time".

A state of emergency is declared for all of Georgia's 159 counties.

"Now if it tracks off the west coast of Florida, that could push some of the worst storm surge into Tampa and Tampa Bay". "Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through".

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office warned residents along the St. Johns River to "Get out NOW".

"And while Jose continues to churn in this "loop to nowhere", Porter doesn't expect the storm to lose any of its intensity with "plenty of warm water for fuel" with SSTs (sea surface temperatures) over 29C (84 degrees Fahrenheit) for the entire forecast period", according to The Hurricane Center.

After a Florida evacuee delivered a 2-pound baby at 28-weeks at a south Georgia gas station late Friday, Dr. Mitch Rodriguez said the hospital is setting up other neonatal care areas in case more babies come early. "You've got to be patient". If the storm moved into the Gulf of Mexico, Masters said that surge could lean more towards 8 feet.

11pm Monday-6am Tuesday: Rain, wind, and an isolated tornado risk will continue but these threats will gradually lower and decrease toward sunrise Tuesday.

By Sunday morning, the Tampa-St.

Three storm-related deaths have been reported and several areas have brought in curfews.


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