Emergency declarations were approved in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Irma continued to manifest as a storm with “enormous destructive power.” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long warned that about 5 millions of Florida residents could be without power after the storm blows through, in some cases for weeks. The fierce eye of Hurricane Irma roared ashore in Florida on Sunday, bringing the full intensity of the storm to bear on the lower Florida Keys. Millions were forced to previously evacuate.
Hurricane Irma in Florida
The hurricane center warned that Irma had created an “imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast. Florida authorities said that by Sunday afternoon there were more than 390 shelters open. Hurricane Irma is so powerful that it has temporarily sucked the ocean away from beaches in Florida and the Bahamas in recent days. On Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed the phenomenon was also occurring in Naples, Florida. Miami police said conditions are too dangerous for the police and fire departments to respond if someone is hurt. Miami Beach teams also said they are no longer able to respond.