Hurricane Jose passing outer Caribbean islands, but flood threats remain

Flooding in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami Florida

At 5:00 AM ET on Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center downgraded Irma to a Category 1 storm, though it continues to batter Northern Florida with heavy rains and sustained wind speeds of 75 miles per hour at its center. Not everyone heeded the calls. "And when we face hardship we emerge, closer, stronger and more determined than ever".

The NHC said late Saturday that "heavy squalls with embedded tornadoes" were sweeping across southern Florida. No injuries were reported in either case.

"We're asking folks to be patient and remain sheltered in place", said St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles. John Ward, the emergency operations manager of Clay County, says crews have pulled 46 people from flooded homes by early Monday and an undetermined number are still stranded as the area's creeks and ponds are getting record flooding.

Meanwhile, as the storm's eye continues its northward trek, leaving Miami-Dade to the east but below it, the county can finally expect some of the unrelenting winds that have been buffeting it to change direction and slow down.

"They're putting their lives in danger", Lee said. The police shared in their official Twitter account a photo of the baby with the caption "Welcome to the world baby Nayiri Storm!".

"Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees and then you can get out there and determine what happened to your individual property or your neighborhood", said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. "It's hard to believe anybody will survive that", he told NBC News' TODAY show.

"We went to Home Depot and Lowe's just to get plywood and water", she said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has warned residents that storm surges could reach 10 to 15 feet above sea level in the Naples area.

"The bulk of the assistance we requested well before Irma's impact is already on its way", FKECA said.

All three of these area, especially the first two (I: Florida, II: eastern Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina), have a chance to see power outages associated with the vast wind field of Irma.

Authorities have urged residents in the state to evacuate, but like many, Chapman waited too long and now can't leave. Twitter and Facebook users across the Caribbean and Florida posted footage of the monster storm as it tore through the region.

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