FPL shut one reactor at Florida Turkey Point ahead of Irma

Hurricane Irma track continues shift west into Georgia

There is a long period of swells from Irma, and northeast winds the last few days from a high pressure system in the northeast.

About 6.5 million homes in Florida, two thirds of the total, are without power after Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the U.S. state, officials say.

In Miami-Dade County in the southeastern part of the state, police encouraged residents to stay indoors as the storm was hitting early Sunday.

Hurricane Irma was roughly 50 miles southeast of Tampa at 11 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center, but it was close enough to Glynn County for the Golden Isles to begin feeling its true power.

He added that the storm "is really closing in on Naples".

"They're putting their lives in danger", Lee said. A 10- to 15-foot storm surge that was predicted did not materialize; Murphy said the storm surge was between 3 and 4 feet.

"The winds are starting to pick up and I could hear the wind through the boarded windows", she said.

"So look out for your neighbors, take care of each other", he said.

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In Hialeah, Irma knocked out power at the regional sewage pump station.

In the meantime, FKECA officials plan to start preliminary damage assessments on Monday using a helicopter to check on facilities in Marathon.

"This motion is expected to continue tonight with a slowing of forward speed on Monday", the NHC said.

The day after Hurricane Irma made landfall here, attacking with downpours and 120 miles per hour winds, residents were assessing the wreckage and deciding what to do next.

The lack of electricity across most of South Florida was the most pressing and crippling problem.

President Trump has described Hurricane Irma as "a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential" and declared major disaster in Florida, which means federal funds will be released. Millions of people are without power, and there is the threat of potentially deadly storm surge.

The eyewall reached the lower Florida Keys by 7:10 a.m. Though there was significant property damage in the Florida Keys and in some parts of southwest Florida, officials said it was remarkable that so far they are investigating just a small number of fatalities that came as the storm made landfall.

Scott also announced that once the Department of Transportation clears road access to Port Everglades and Port Tampa, the Florida Highway Patrol will start to escort fuel trucks to gas stations.



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