Irma floods Jacksonville as storm heads north

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned residents of risky storm surges that could reach 10 to 15 feet above sea level in the Naples area. Colleges including the University of Georgia and Georgia State also canceled classes.

Federal officials were focused on search and rescue operations and restoring power to millions of people after Hurricane Irma tore across the Florida Keys before moving north up the state with high winds and heavy rains, the acting Homeland Security secretary said.

Forecasters said metro Atlanta could expect peak winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and gusts up to 55 miles per hour (90 kph) on Monday as a result of Irma's remnants.

Millions of Floridians are under orders to evacuate, and many are desperately seeking shelter from the storm. An estimated 170,000 people were lodged in some 650 emergency shelters as of early evening, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

As the sun rose in Orlando, many tried to survey the damage, but authorities warned that conditions remain risky and asked people not to venture outside because of a curfew. Major General Michael Calhoun, the head of Florida's National Guard, said on Sunday that more than 10,000 National Guard members from other states are going to be arriving soon.

With Irma now lashing the state's south-west with sustained winds of 177km/h, and threatening tornadoes and a deadly storm surge on the east coast, weather forecasters have begun to notice a serious problem in how Americans are interpreting the cone.

As Irma looms, residents worry about what the storm will do to a city that hasn't taken a direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921. In Miami, the flood water in the streets is rising.

Judy Davidson, 75, a realtor in Coral Springs, stayed in her home during powerful Hurricane Andrew in 1992 but made a decision to leave town with her husband after Irma grew into a Category 5 monster - perhaps a bit too abruptly. As of this morning there are five storm-related deaths in the United States. "On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the northwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula this morning, cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia this afternoon, and move through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama tonight and Tuesday".

Indian-Americans in Atlanta pooled in their resources to help several million people from Florida who were affected by hurricane Irma that plummeted parts of the U.S. coastal State with wind speed of more than 193 km per hours. Its customers are concentrated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Trees were ripped from the ground and roofs were torn from buildings in Cuba, where there was also flooding in low-lying areas. She says the utility company had about 3,400 employees on standby to respond.

Damage in Marco Island, Florida. She feared for her canal-facing home.

"We went from the longest streak on record of no landfalling hurricanes, to two in two weeks", Klotzbach said.

"He said that same thing I said, the biggest thing you can do right now is pray for us", Scott continued.

"I own my house". Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas in August.

Irma's 914 millibar minimum central pressure was the lowest ever for an Atlantic hurricane outside of the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

President Donald Trump urged people to "be careful, be safe" during Hurricane Irma.

Speaking as he went on an aerial tour of the Keys to survey the damage early on Monday, he said: "Power lines are down throughout the state".

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