Record-setting flooding in Jacksonville area from Irma

Sep 13, 2017, 00:33
Record-setting flooding in Jacksonville area from Irma

Damage in Marco Island, Florida.

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, came ashore in Florida as a category four storm on Sunday and battered towns as it worked its way up the state.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surges "Expected in areas of onshore winds along the Florida west coast". This means most people who chose to stay hunkered down at home or in a shelter can expect hurricane-force winds in excess of 74 miles per hour.

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The governor said it was way too early to put a dollar estimate on the damage. And we'll work to get some of those areas up as quickly as possible as well.

The Keys are cut off from the mainland, as the 42 bridges that link them are being assessed for damage.

The area has already started seeing major effects from the storm, with multiple reports of downed trees and branches, including several falling on houses.

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Gov. Roy Cooper and state officials provided an update Tuesday morning on the state's response to Irma, which was recently downgraded to a tropical depression. FEMA chief Brock Long has said some places won't have electricity for weeks. Florida Power and Light, or FPL, is the state's largest utility.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said during a briefing Monday afternoon that people shouldn't be trying to ride out the flooding that has followed Irma.

The eye of Hurricane Irma, roughly 30 miles wide, is shown below on the morning of September 5, with each frame separated by one minute or less.

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In a NOAA reconnaissance mission, a plane flew through the eye wall to gather data on the storm, recording winds of 139 miles per hour at sea level. "President Trump has promised me all the federal resource I need", Scott said of the devastation.

Miami International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, halted passenger flights through at least Monday.

Meanwhile, in Miami-Dade County police announced the arrest of 28 people for robbery and looting.

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Adding to the problems is that Hurricane Jose, which is churning in the Atlantic, is pushing water toward the northern part of the state and preventing water from receding from Jacksonville.

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