Hurricane Irma leaves Florida 'powerless', moves north

9am Irma Update

9am Irma Update

Even though the storm has now been downgraded to category two now, it still has maximum sustained winds of 177 km per hour.

Currently, more than 3 million customers are without power across Florida, according to utility companies.

After leaving millions without power across the state of Florida, the storm's winds have felled trees and power lines across Georgia. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Today, flooding in Charleston, Savannah, and breaking records in Jacksonville as what was Hurricane Irma moves north, while Floridians statewide start to assess the destruction left by this giant storm.

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One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to make US landfall has left millions of people across Florida without power. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the center of the storm; tropical storm winds stretched at least 220 miles (350 kilometers), wider than the state from west to east.

"It's development in the future versus tropical storms or hurricanes", Regalado said.

"We are totally committed to safely getting back into operation at the earliest date possible, while working with local authorities any way we can", Kennedy said. FEMA chief Brock Long said some areas of South Florida will not have electrical power for weeks.

In the Florida Keys, which were struck by the storm at a Category 4 strength, the situation seems far more dire.

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Hurricane Irma is due to hit Florida on Saturday , and the state is now experiencing the largest ever mass evacuation due to a hurricane in American history.

Scott flew over the Keys and says he saw a lot of flood damage and boats that had washed ashore.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties in his state ahead of Irma.

On the other hand, Hurricane Jose which was supposed to follow Irma's path moved towards open waters sparing the hurricane Irma hit Caribbean Islands. "It's a really bad one, but we are prepared at the highest level", Trump shouted to reporters as he boarded a helicopter for Camp David, the retreat in Maryland where he will hold a weekend cabinet meeting and monitor the storm.

On the Atlantic coast off South Carolina, Hilton Head Island's 42,000 residents were under an evacuation order this morning.

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