Georgia, Hurricane Irma's next potential victim, braces for monster storm

Georgia, Hurricane Irma's next potential victim, braces for monster storm

Georgia, Hurricane Irma's next potential victim, braces for monster storm

From here, the storm will likely weaken further still, and it'll probably be downgraded to tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon, according to NOAA. "You will not survive all this storm surge". The storm could move into Alabama by Tuesday while tracking northwestward across the state.

"Florida's peninsula is only approximately 160 miles wide and this storm stretches more than 300 miles, so we expect storm surge and tropical storm-force winds or higher across our entire service territory". These winds could bring down trees and cause power outages. It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages.

"We know that we are ground zero for Hurricane Irma", Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said at a Sunday morning news conference. He believes southwest Florida is the most impacted but cautions that numbers may rise as "Irma hasn't left". Charleston police asked residents to avoid downtown in anticipation of high tide.

Rain covered the entire state of Georgia and all but the most northeastern part of SC on Monday morning. "But we may see home heavy rain and tornadoes as well".

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Intense rainfall rates are leading to flash flooding and rapid rises on creeks, streams, and rivers, according to the hurricane center.

Christian relief groups are mobilizing to help in recovery efforts with Irma, much like they did with Hurricane Harvey and the damage it caused in Texas.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to focus over southern and central Georgia and southern SC on Monday.

Jamie Rhome, head of the U.S. National Hurricane Center's storm surge unit, says large hurricanes tend to create greater storm surge over a broader area, and coastal features such as bays can act like funnels and back water up into rivers and canals.

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With the change in forecast in recent days, state emergency management officials are shifting staff from the eastern part of the state to the west and are working with hydrologists to identify possible trouble spots for flash flooding and landslides in the mountains. Any rain see from Irma will be meager at best and will amount to less than.25 inches of rain. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue has also suspended emergency services due to risky weather conditions.

NBC 6 helicopter footage from Monday morning showed homes damaged and roadways under water in the upper Keys and other parts of South Florida.

Some of the 10-inch-plus totals fell over population centers such as Naples, Fort Myers, Melbourne and Fort Pierce.

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