NHC: Hurricane Jose not a concern to the US

NHC: Hurricane Jose not a concern to the US

NHC: Hurricane Jose not a concern to the US

Hurricane Irma lashed out at Florida leaving the state under water and more than half of all state residents without power from Orlando and Jacksonville into coastal Georgia and SC.

Some 6.5 million people, about a third of the state's population, had been ordered to evacuate southern Florida.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said on Monday that people had been killed in the Keys, which have almost 80,000 permanent residents, but she did not have a count on how many. They told Florida residents if they see a break in the storm, they're still not to leave their houses.

The sheriff's office in Jacksonville, on Florida's northeast coast, reported it was making a rescue from waist-deep water yesterday morning and urged people to stay off unsafe roads.

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Irma, a Category 4 hurricane when it hit the peninsula on Saturday after battering the Florida Keys and various islands in the Caribbean last week, traveled up the west coast of Florida before extending its destructive power into Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday. The Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay also are in the warning. That's 64 percent of the state's power customers, and there are several counties where 80-90 percent of customers are without power.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic was snaking north out of the peninsula, with mattresses, gas cans and kayaks strapped to auto roofs. Interstate 95 in Duval County and parts of Interstate 75 and Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County remained closed because of flooding or debris.

The storm ravaged a series of tiny islands before slamming into the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

They evaluated 1,500 homes and found 15 roofs blown off and much more external damage. "Boats are sunk in the marina, shops are destroyed".

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"I've heard there's some significant damage, right where the eye of the storm hit", Gov Scott told NBC's Today show.

Irma made landfall on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm at Cudjoe Key, about 75 miles from Key Largo, where the NBC 6 helicopter was flying.

Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the country, is grappling with a record storm surge and vast flooding.

Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday.

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