Buildings Sway in High Winds as Florida Goes Dark


Irma made history by making landfall in the Florida Keys as a category four hurricane - the first time in recorded history that two category four hurricanes have hit the USA back-to-back.

Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the U.S, is grappling with a record storm surge and enormous flooding.

Jacksonville - the largest city geographically in the country - is grappling with a record storm surge and will get slammed with severe flash flooding before Irma continues her destructive northward march to Georgia and beyond.

The Keys, a Florida island chain about 120 miles long, were hard-hit by the hurricane on Sunday.

The hurricane made USA landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

Washington, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) Hurricane Irma fell today to category 1 and its sustained maximum winds dropped to 120 kilometers per hour as it moves along the northwestern coast of the USA state of Florida.

The storm killed at least 28 people as it raged westward through the Caribbean on the way to Florida, devastating several small islands, and grazing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti before pummelling parts of Cuba's north coast with 11m waves.

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Irma made its second US landfall at Marco Island at about 3:30 p.m.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe.

"An army of more than 50,000 workers from across the United States and Canada is now dedicated to supporting the industry's Irma restoration efforts", Kuhn said.

Irma made a second landfall as a Category 3 storm at Marco Island, a city and barrier island off Florida's southwest coast, on Sunday afternoon.

The full impact of Irma on Florida remains to be seen, but early reports give us a sense of how much assistance residents will need to recover and rebuild.

After making its way into Georgia, the storm is forecast to move into eastern Alabama on Tuesday morning.

And in Alabama, some city school districts including Birmingham, Huntsville and Auburn planned to close Monday and in some cases Tuesday. 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.