Scenes of Irma's Path of Destruction, From the Caribbean to Florida

Oscar Cross
September 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma's slight wobble to the right was not unexpected, DeMaria said Sunday afternoon. Forecasters expect the storm to slow rapidly once it is over land and wear itself out over the southeastern U.S.in the next few days.

Irma has completed its life cycle, downgraded from Hurricane to Tropical Storm to Tropical Depression to now Post-Tropical Cyclone. Parts of Havana were inundated, and wind gusts of up to 130 miles per hour tore roofs off homes.

But the effects are being felt far from the center because of Irma's size. It is expected to turn southeast tonight, and then turn southwest by Wednesday. Monday offered a mixed forecast for Miami-Dade County - gusts of winds of up to 50 miles per hour in the early morning hours, with a sunny upper 80s temperature day predicted and the possibility of showers and thunderstorms.

Portions of the Florida Keys ravaged by Hurricane Irma will allow residents to return to survey damage from the monster storm, whose USA death toll rose to 11 on Tuesday.

Footage from the Grassy Key island shot by USA broadcaster NBC showed downed power lines, felled trees, and streets strewn with debris and vehicles. The waters took their toll on Miami Beach and downtown Miami, leaving some areas in Brickell with waist-deep flooding.

"It is risky to be walking out there", according to a Tampa city official.


Trump also spoke with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee - four states in Irma's path.

More than 6.2 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma barreled through the state, according the state's emergency management division.

With Irma's eye beyond the Florida Keys, officials are starting to inspect the damage there. More than 15 million people in Florida alone are without power. Scott flew over the Keys and says he saw a lot of flood damage and boats that had washed ashore.

As Irma left Cuba late Saturday and directed its wrath toward Florida, authorities on the island were assessing the damage and warning of staggering damage to keys off the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.

Irma was also the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since the 1924 hurricane.

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