This Is How Hurricane Irma Stacks Up Against Other Florida Storms

Hurricane Irma satellite image

"[It will be] the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992", Dr. Myers said.

The center of the hurricane made landfall at 9:10 a.m. A 106 mph gust was reported at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Kay. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration described the 2004 storm as "small but powerful". Still, at about 400 miles (640 kilometers) wide, it raked much of the state with devastating storm surge, destructive winds and drenching rains before weakening.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: Wherever Hurricane Irma goes, we'll be there first. You've got to evacuate.

Trump added that he had seen images of Irma's impact on the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday morning. Right now, I just want to keep my babies safe from this storm.

"As the storm approaches the coast", said CNN meteorologist Gene Norman, "it increases the water level by sending those waves inland". "We will do it quickly".

The eyewall is a band of clouds surrounding the center of the storm that has intense winds and strong rain.

Our sister station, WFLA News Channel 8 in Tampa, Florida is broadcasting 24/7 as Hurricane Irma barrels through Florida.

The utility said that it has mobilized crews and is working to restore power as it can. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told reporters Barbuda "is totally destroyed - 90 percent at least". "Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months", the hurricane center said.

Power could be out for weeks in some communities.

- Miami-Dade County announced a curfew between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.

"I appreciate the job the league did in addressing the situation and the position Georgia Tech took in supporting this change", Miami athletic director Blake James said. "We have downed power lines all across the state".

As Irma bore down on Florida on Sunday morning, at least three deaths were reported in the state. "This storm surge could kill you", Scott said.

In the Orlando area, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World all closed on Saturday. You watch your friend's kids so she can get her house ready, and her husband finds you an AM/FM radio that will work on batteries. Petersburg area early today, though in a much-weakened state.

Hurricane hunter aircrafts are making routine flights into Hurricane Irma multiple times a day to obtain more forensics on the storm.

The 60-year-old is with her husband and granddaughter and their dog. This job had already gotten more complicated by the departure of senior Fed officials, including now its vice chair Stanley Fischer.

Florida cities such as Naples, Sarasota, and Tampa are in or near the forecast path of the storm's eye.

"I've been here with other storms, other hurricanes". A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, some 200 miles from the sea.

"What we're going to need is. perseverance", she said. "But more importantly, the surge will occur tomorrow at the same time we have a high tide - so that compounds the problem". They cannot send out teams immediately because the conditions are too dangerous. "Winds reach hurricane strength later this evening and overnight", said Spann. "We've moved everything away from windows".

The storm felled trees and left debris and vehicles strewn across the streets.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the US", company spokesman Chris McGrath said.

Florida has declared a state of emergency, freeing up resources for shelters, evacuations, and deploying National Guard members. Florida International played a neutral-site game in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday and Florida Atlantic played at Wisconsin on Saturday.

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