Over 7.3 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast - utilities

Posted September 13, 2017

Irma made landfall this morning at 9:10 a.m.at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys.

Hurricane Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, weakened to a Category 1 storm yesterday but remained risky as it continued its furious climb up Florida's south-west coast. It has weakened into a post-tropical cyclone and was expected to further fizzle out throughout the day, bringing "generally moderate rain" to a wide area of the Southeast and Tennessee and OH valleys, according to the National Weather Service. No one, and we mean no one, has more data on these storms than the National Hurricane Center, which is where News19 and other reputable TV & radio stations and digital media sites get their information on the storm's path.

The Florida Keys faced a potentially catastrophic brew of winds topping 125 miles per hour and a storm surge that threatened to drown whole islands.

Irma battered the Florida Keys and wreaked havoc the length of the Florida peninsula.

Meanwhile, Georgia's oldest city sat almost empty Sunday.

The hurricane center says "although weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a hurricane at least through Monday morning". And as Irma continues to track northward, risky wind conditions will extend into Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas over the next few days, according to the NHC. It is expected to reach the Columbus area by the mid-afternoon and to lash the Valley with rain and strong winds into the night.

Drone footage shows Hurricane Irma damage in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.

"If you ride around Chatham County, it's a ghost town", Jones said. Palmer and his wife planned to stay in their 144-year-old home, which has weathered many storms including the last major hurricane to hit the Georgia coast in 1898. "I can tell from being up in the attic that the roof beams are all original". That would have put the hurricane over the east coast of Florida.

With 185 mph max winds for 37 hours, Irma shattered the previous record for longest maximum intensity, which was 24 hours, set by Haiyan in the Pacific Ocean.

Winter Park is in Orange County, just of Orlando.

If the current track holds, the Midlands would get gusty winds, flash flooding, and most importantly, a risk of severe storms, including tornadoes. 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.

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.