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Irma leaves 6 dead in Florida, 37 dead in Caribbean, and millions without power

Irma leaves 6 dead in Florida, 37 dead in Caribbean, and millions without power

Irma, which was this morning downgraded to a tropical storm, is continuing to batter the South with winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surges. The storm has killed 37 people in the Caribbean and at least six people in Florida, and it’s left nearly 6 million Florida customers without power.

heavy rain and winds moved into the Georgia cities of Brunswick and Savannah, where flooding and up to 60 mph wind gusts are expected. Irma could bring 50 to 60 mph wind gusts to Atlanta this evening. Flooding is likely in southeast Georgia, but Atlanta could see flooding as well.

A record storm surge was reported this morning in Jacksonville, exceeding the previous record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964. A flash-flood warning is in effect for the city this morning as water is expected to flow in from the St. Johns River.

A tornado watch has also been issued in Florida from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville and in Georgia up through Savannah.

But Irma weakened by the time it neared Tallahassee, which so far escaped without major damage, injuries or flooding, the Emergency Management director for Leon County told ABC News this morning. The major issue there are power outages from trees that fell over power lines.

 

MrHD

September 11th, 2017

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