Storm Irma brings flooding to parts of Florida; Cuba reports 10 killed

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A Miami woman who went into labour was guided through delivery by phone when authorities couldn't reach her because of high winds and street flooding. Several areas are under tornado warnings.

Which communities had hurricane watches and warnings as of Saturday, September 9?

The first hurricane force winds were recorded in the Florida Keys.

Irma is expected to hit Florida on Sunday. Currently, Irma is a Category 3.

Millions of people from coast to coast in Florida are waking up without power Monday as Hurricane Irma rumbles north, spurring slashing gusts of wind, pounding rain and perilous storm surge.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, National Hurricane Centers official forecast track map shows Irma onshore somewhere along the west coast of Florida Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane.

"At this time, it is not expected that the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant will shut down as a result of Irma, though we will closely monitor the changing weather conditions", FPL said. Nearly the entire state is under hurricane warning.

"If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now".

He added, "this is your last chance to make a good decision".

More than 15 million people in Florida alone are without power. "The message has been clear: The Keys are going to be impacted. Please, the Keys are not safe".

Irma tied Florida Keys (1935), Gilbert (1988), and Wilma (2005) for the second strongest maximum winds of all-time for an Atlantic hurricane when it topped out at 185 miles per hour.

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Storm surges were largely to blame for the deaths and destruction brought about by Hurricane Katrina (2005).

Most of Georgia will experience tropical storm-force winds as the center of Irma lifts north across the state, which is likely to experience downed trees and scattered power outages as far north as Atlanta. "You will not survive all this storm surge". "You still have time, this morning, to get out!"

Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane. Irma is a large hurricane and will produce far-reaching effects regardless of where the exact center of the storm moves.

As Irma transitioned from a hurricane to a tropical storm, the cleanup effort across Florida begins, as residents try to pick up the pieces of what Irma left behind. The city also saw almost 12 inches of rain and a 7-foot storm surge.

Power lines were down across the state, with 65 percent of homes without electricity, and many roads were impassable due to debris.

A hurricane warning is now in effect in the provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara and Matanzas, while floods have been reported in the north-east.

Florida cities such as Naples, Sarasota, and Tampa are in or near the forecast path of the storm's eye. On Sunday afternoon, it rounded Florida's southwestern corner and hugged the coast closely as it pushed toward Naples, Sanibel, Fort Myers and, beyond that, Sarasota.

Mass evacuations have sent throngs onto jammed highways heading north and created a severe gas shortage in some parts the state.

"What we feared the most was the surge", he said today on MSNBC. And at least two construction cranes partially collapsed.

Forecasters expect the center of the storm to cross the Florida Panhandle near the Georgia-Alabama line on Monday afternoon and weaken as it moves north over Alabama and Tennessee on Tuesday into Wednesday. State officials are also fearful the massive rain that was soaking the state could also lead to flash floods. And there is no risk of tornadoes in Alabama today; that threat is well to the east, along the coasts of Georgia and SC.

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