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

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"We have dodged a bullet with the storm's track", Dan Summers, the director of emergency services for Collier County said Sunday evening.

At least nine people have died in Florida, Georgia and SC as a result of the storm. We've got roads that are impassable right now. Florida has long dealt with hurricanes, including a stretch of eight hurricanes in two years while Jeb Bush was governor, but Irma's wide reach has proved daunting.

The whole of the southern tip of Florida has seen high winds, driving rain and storm surges.

Irma has caused at least 11 deaths and left about 6.7 million people without power in five states, ABC News reports.

Witt expects the recovery from Irma to take years but he is not moving back to NY, unless Hurricane Jose decides to pay them a visit as well.

A video of a roof being blown off a Miami building during Hurricane Irma's 120 miles per hour winds, was uploaded on Sunday.

The storm is moving west-northwest at 18 mph and was about 60 miles north of Tampa as of the 5 a.m., advisory of the National Hurricane Center.

The weather is also still projected to affect South Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

"You need to understand particularly if there's structural damage it absolutely could be weeks if we have to rebuild parts of the system", said Mr. Silagy, who estimated that the FPL outages affected about 9 million people.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home.

"We're asking folks to be patient and remain sheltered in place", said St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people, and made two landfalls Sunday. "I hope everybody will pray for us".

The first, at about 9.10 a.m., was over the Florida Keys, an isolated string of islands. One of the teams was preparing to fly into Key West, directly in the path of the storm.

Gov. Roy Cooper and state officials provided an update Tuesday morning on the state's response to Irma, which was recently downgraded to a tropical depression. State government will be closed Monday and Tuesday for all employees except essential personnel. The region has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

Up to 6.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate the area - one of the biggest evacuations in USA history - as the storm engulfed the region.

Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.

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