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Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by lalasticlala(m): 9:00pm On Sep 11
Here is a live thread on the ravaging Hurricane Irma. You can also post your updates here.


Monday’s live updates on Irma.

After tearing through the Florida Keys and making landfall along the state’s southwest coast, Hurricane Irma crawled up the middle of Florida late Sunday night, slowly spinning toward the Tampa region.

After days of frantic preparations, residents in Tampa were bracing for Irma’s arrival early Monday, weaker than expected but still packing wind gusts of about 100 miles per hour. The storm, which was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, continued to lose strength as it pushed inland, but its reach extended from South Florida to Jacksonville. It was expected to remain a hurricane through at least Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

The counterclockwise rotation of Irma’s wind pushed water out of the Tampa Bay throughout Sunday. But after the center of the storm passes Tampa early Monday morning, the direction of the winds will reverse and push water back into the bay, adding to the flooding, said Andrew McKaughan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Tampa.

Hurricane Irma’s push into Central Florida shoved heavy rain and strong winds into parts of Florida not initially expecting to feel the brunt of the storm. Winds were reaching 60 miles per hour along the coast near Jacksonville and expected to intensify as Irma’s center slogged north.

Already crippling more than 3.3 million customers across the state, power failures sprawled by the hour. There was no television to keep many residents updated, with only the remaining battery on their cellphones keeping them in touch with the world.

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn of Tampa said at a news conference earlier in the day, paraphrasing Mike Tyson. “Well, we’re about to get punched in the face.”

https://www.google.com.ng/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/us/hurricane-irma-florida.amp.html

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by lalasticlala(m): 9:02pm On Sep 11
Here’s the latest:

• Irma has dropped more than a foot of rain in several parts of South Florida so far this weekend. As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Fort Pierce, north of Palm Beach on Florida’s east coast, had received the most rain in the state, 15.9 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The second most rainfall was in the Everglades National Park, which got about 13.6 inches.

• Naples and Marco Island, where Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday, registered the strongest winds in the state during the storm. They topped out at 142 miles per hour in Naples and reached 130 miles per hour in Marco Island, according to the National Weather Service.

• Florida officials have ordered more than 6.5 million residents to leave their homes. Several counties, including Miami-Dade, Collier and Lee, enacted curfews until Monday morning. Collier County also issued a boil-water warning until officials could assess damages to the water system.

• About 540,000 people were told to leave the Georgia coast, and Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for all counties. Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency.

• At least four deaths were reported in Florida after the storm’s arrival on Sunday. At least 27 people have been confirmed dead in parts of the Caribbean affected by Irma. The hurricane made landfall in Cuba on Friday evening.

• Separately, Hurricane Jose continued to weaken, getting downgraded to a Category 3 storm, the center said.

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by lalasticlala(m): 9:02pm On Sep 11
Retreating water alarms observers.

Suddenly, the water went away. In the Bahamas, in Tampa Bay and in Naples, observers were shocked to see the waters that usually lap against the shore recede into the distance.

On social media, people reacted with incredulity, noting that the water had disappeared where whitecaps were just hours before on Sunday in Tampa Bay. James Spann, an Alabama meteorologist and weather blogger, reacted sternly to a photograph on Twitter of people playing in the sand exposed by the retreating water.

“The water will come rushing back with a vengeance,” Mr. Spann said on Twitter. “They won’t have time to get out when it begins.”

On Twitter, Gov. Rick Scott issued an urgent warning to stay away from the water. “DO NOT GO IN. The water will surge back & could overtake you.”

Chris O’Donnell, a reporter with The Tampa Bay Times, later reported that the police had cleared people off of the shore well before the water came back.

The phenomenon of water being drawn off by the power of Hurricane Irma is known as a negative surge. As Mr. Spann warned, that odd condition will not last — and will become dangerous. Michael R. Lowry, a scientist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a nonprofit education consortium, explained in a series of tweets that staying away from the water in this storm is important because the hurricane is sending a dangerous surge ashore: 10 to 15 feet, for instance, in Naples, Fla.

And as the National Hurricane Center explained, the water will come rushing back to Naples after the eye passes. On Twitter, the center warned: “MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!”

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by lalasticlala(m): 9:05pm On Sep 11
Storm Pushes North, but Millions Are Without Power in Florida

After days of frantic preparation for a storm that devastated the Caribbean, Floridians awoke Monday to destruction that fell short of the direst forecasts. Still, residents faced life-altering damage and displacement that would prevent a return to normal life for some time.

Even as Irma was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, millions remained without power, while the police and the National Guard carried out search-and-rescue operations across the state. Many areas faced fuel shortages, as well as downed power lines and standing water. Fallen trees, ripped from their roots by surging waters and whipping winds that reached 130 miles per hour, blocked roadways — further hampering the recovery.

“We have got to make sure people understand it is still dangerous,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a television news interview Monday morning. “Everybody has got to be patient as we work through this.”

The center of the storm moved into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon, and its effects were also being felt in Alabama and the Carolinas.


And for Floridians displaced from their homes, the task of putting life back together was made harder by having to do so in heat and darkness, without light or air conditioning. Many were exhausted after a weekend spent zigzagging across the state to avoid the storm’s ever-changing path.

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by lalasticlala(m): 9:07pm On Sep 11
Irma pushes north and is causing problems in Charleston, S.C.

The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency in Charleston, S.C., on Monday and advised against travel, saying that parts of the peninsula would be closed down. The Post and Courier, a Charleston newspaper, reported that the flooding was the result of a concurrent hit by the storm and high tide, and predicted “a major saltwater inundation in downtown Charleston and coastal communities.”

As in other states, electricity was also a problem in Georgia. As of 2:30 pm, more than 923,000 customers were without power across the state of Georgia, according to a release from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

Harsh conditions would begin to subside in the late evening, said Keith Stellman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The service had recorded wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour in Atlanta, and that much of Georgia’s coastline was also experiencing storm-surge flooding.

A tornado watch for southern South Carolina and coastal Georgia was in effect until 10 p.m. Monday, with hail and winds of up to 70 miles per hour predicted to follow.


The forecast in Alabama was somewhat milder, though a tropical storm warning was in effect for much of the state’s eastern half. Alabama Emergency Management Agency officials warned residents that wind gusts of 40 to 45 miles per hour could bring down trees and power lines.

Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by madridguy(m): 9:12pm On Sep 11
Alhamdulilahi for Nigeria.

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by billycayana(f): 9:17pm On Sep 11
Africa is divine, Africa is the home of the Gods
The heart of planet
This is Karma
Open your eyes, not the physical eyes tho






We are the future

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by ameezy(m): 9:18pm On Sep 11
Tf? cry

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Built2last: 9:18pm On Sep 11
Hurricane Jose coming in 2 weeks

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Anthos(m): 9:20pm On Sep 11
hurricane baby mama

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by kmcutez(f): 9:20pm On Sep 11
lalasticlala:
Here is a live thread on the ravaging Hurricane Irma. You can also post your updates here.



https://www.google.com.ng/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/us/hurricane-irma-florida.amp.html

Did you make a post about the Benue Flood?

Just checked your profile, and you did not. No worries. Once there is scarcity of food and hunger starts dealing with you, I bet you will be forced to make that post.

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by iamawara(m): 9:20pm On Sep 11
OMG. Thank God, Nigeria is blessed, Africa is Blessed. You hardly hear such things here.
Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Shegub: 9:20pm On Sep 11
We are truly in the end of times. Na only bobrisky, nepa, mtn and politicians be out natural disaster

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Nobody: 9:20pm On Sep 11
Irrelevant thread. Why don't we discuss hurricane Nigerian leaders rather?

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Gossiplover: 9:21pm On Sep 11
God have mercy on your children

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by ifyalways(f): 9:21pm On Sep 11
Hmmn.

This aint no joke no more cry

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by cosmatika(m): 9:21pm On Sep 11
Ok
Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by dejavubobo1(m): 9:22pm On Sep 11
The world is depleting at a pace so fast even science cannot predict... Africa on the other hand seem to ppl killing ppl plus bad leaders

There its nature vs Human

Here Human vs Human

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by sonofthunder: 9:23pm On Sep 11
kmcutez:


Did you make a post about the Benue Flood?

Just checked your profile, and you did not. No worries. Once there is scarcity of food and hunger starts dealing with you, I bet you will be forced to make that post.

did you?
just checked your profile and it seems like you are no better ...

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by hotspec(m): 9:23pm On Sep 11
I opened ds thread hoping to see � SNAKES swimming in lalastic river, since he created d thread, but poop I'm disappointed.


To d guy above me, thread about naija flood is already in d pipeline. I pray la-la push it to FP

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Arry110: 9:23pm On Sep 11
Hurricane sounds like an adventure
I love adventures
Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by iamawara(m): 9:23pm On Sep 11
Shegub:
We are truly in the end of times. Na only bobrisky, nepa, mtn and politicians be out natural disaster
+ Buhari

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by enemyofprogress: 9:23pm On Sep 11
When would it come to Biafra
Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by CEOYOMZZYBLOG: 9:23pm On Sep 11
Ok..following
Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by enemyofprogress: 9:24pm On Sep 11
When would get to Biafra?
Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by iamawara(m): 9:24pm On Sep 11
Arry110:
Hurricane sounds like an adventure I love adventures
sambisa dey near u na. Ode

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Injiggerwolf(m): 9:24pm On Sep 11
Mercy mercy Lord, please Have mercy Lord

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Ugosample(m): 9:24pm On Sep 11
Na wa o
Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by obafemee80(m): 9:24pm On Sep 11
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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Chidonc(m): 9:25pm On Sep 11
africa is truely blessed against natural disasters, the only cause has been bad leaders

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Re: Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Florida Battered, Heading Towards Georgia by Nbote(m): 9:25pm On Sep 11
Was expecting to see snakes in d hurricane as na Lala dey in charge here

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