How Hurricane Irma Sucked Water Out of Tampa Bay — Reverse Storm Surge

How Hurricane Irma Sucked Water Out of Tampa Bay — Reverse Storm Surge

"It definitely went a step above even that particular one", he said.

The authorities in several cities posted images of fallen trees and other obstacles that prevented many residents from going home or getting out.

There have been isolated reports of downed tree limbs in the early hours of the storm, and Columbus Fire Marshall Ricky Shores said he expects far more downed limbs and power lines later in the day.

The first one was over the Florida Keys, which Irma hit as a Category 4 hurricane.

There are roughly 7 million residential customers in the state.

Schools and businesses were closed across Alabama as Irma moved inland.

How many people were evacuated?

Edisto Beach Mayor Jane Darby says a family of four was rescued from their vehicle about noon Monday from a curve near the beach's pier.

Gastesi says they are "prepared for the worst". "People will respond if they can see video of something and how bad it is, they're more likely to respond to evacuation orders or take shelter orders if we can help with that". You can not be around downed power lines. The town has suspended all emergency calls because "it's too risky". No injuries have been reported yet.

This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. However, they warned its maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. There was also a chance a tornado could strike the area.

That is almost at the same level as Hurricane Matthew last October.

"As the storm approaches from the south, places like Tampa and Port Charlotte are getting strong winds out of the northeast", CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said of the phenomenon.

With Irma making landfall and moving into Georgia, the attention begins to turn back to the tropics and Hurricane Jose.

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                                                            |By Scott DiSavino
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The rest of the outages are scattered across SC as the winds from Irma slowly increase.

Here's a look at some of the destruction Irma left in her wake.

Models show a wide range of possibilities, all the way from SC to Newfoundland, or even out to sea.

Those can accumulate and cause flooding-especially during a normal high tide. The auto was stuck in a ditch in about four feet of water. They say they will only go on calls if a supervisor allows them because conditions are too risky.

By 8 a.m. Monday, Irma was about 105 miles north of Tampa, with sustained winds of 70 mph.

Similar storm surge and winds gusts are possible up to coast to Charleston too.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on the morning of September 11, losing strength as it moved inland.

Even as glimmers of hope emerged from parts of the state forecasters once anxious would be razed by the storm, the fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remained largely a question mark. Tornadoes are possible in northeast Florida, and southeastern portions of Georgia and SC through today.

Emergency managers in the islands declared on Monday "the Keys are not open for business" and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service and that supplies were low and anxiety high. The airline is uncertain when it would resume service throughout the state.

A hurricane watch is in effect Monday from Edisto Beach into Florida.

Two deaths occurred in Florida due to auto accidents.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands.

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