Hurricane Jose: The storm we'll be watching for next week

Olivia and Charles Saunders at their hotel in metro Atlanta

That's because wind from the east side of Irma would be blowing towards Tampa, pushing water from the bay inland and raising the height of the storm surge, he said.

Irma, after making landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida as a major storm, was downgraded to a tropical storm, with 70 miles per hour winds as it went up the Gulf Coast into North Florida. It's set to cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon and continue through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama later Monday night and into Tuesday. The utility, which services much of south Florida, says more than 845,000 of those customers are in Miami-Dade County.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Catherine Howden said the death was confirmed Monday in Sandy Springs, north of Atlanta.

The Cuban authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital. Winds extend over 200 miles wide, and over 100,000 people are in shelters. After making landfall, Irma has reduced to a Category 2 storm.

The Godzilla hurricane has killed at least 5 in Florida alone while 27 lives have already been claimed in the Caribbean.

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As of 6 a.m., over 5.7 million customers were without power in Florida - that's roughly 58 per cent of all customers in the state.

Rick Scott is cautioning citizens that the worst of the storm itself may be over, but the storm surge and flash floods still pose a deadly threat.

President Donald Trump has released emergency federal aid for Florida, describing the hurricane as a "big monster". I have heard from people all across the world that want to help and support Florida. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Officials in Georgia also confirmed two storm-related deaths, bringing the US toll to at least eight, to go along with the 37 reported fatalities in the Caribbean. However, the storm is still capable of producing wind gusts that are near hurricane force, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Most traffic lights in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, were not functioning on Monday morning, and sand, blown from the county's beaches, covered the A1A highway.



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