Will Hurricane Jose Or Tropical Storm Katia Hit Florida?

Will Hurricane Jose Or Tropical Storm Katia Hit Florida?

Will Hurricane Jose Or Tropical Storm Katia Hit Florida?

As of 6 a.m., over 5.7 million customers were without power in Florida - that's roughly 58 per cent of all customers in the state.

Police blocked the entrance to the Florida Keys on Monday morning, according to the Miami Herald, to conduct rescue operations.

Regardless of the two landfalls today, Hurricane Irma is still a strong category 2 with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

But at this time, public safety officials "remain in the monitoring phase", with the storm a day or so out from direct impact on Middle Georgia, Williams said.

"Irma is a deadly and devastating ... hurricane and every part of Florida will feel its wrath", Rob Gould, FPL vice president and chief communications officer said Saturday morning. The company updated technology - which Silagy says now allows it to pinpoint outages without customers needing to report them - and strengthened power lines and poles.

Over 2.7 million homes were without power Sunday as the storm's 100-plus miles per hour winds toppled power lines and sheared structures in the state.

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Other big power utilities in Florida are units of Emera Inc and Southern Co, which also operates the biggest electric companies in Georgia and Alabama.

That risk extended to the coast of Georgia and parts of SC.

- In Venice, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties in his state ahead of Irma.

The company plans to deploy about 16,000 utility workers from 29 different states to begin restoration efforts once conditions are safe.

"Sometimes people listen and sometimes they don't", Long said.

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A storm surge of 10 feet was recorded in the Keys and a record storm surge was reported in Jacksonville that exceeded the previous high set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.

No evacuations had been declared yet in SC, which was last hit by a major hurricane about 28 years ago.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta, Georgia, has issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday and schools throughout Georgia, including the University of Georgia, planned to close Monday.

Before it weakened and headed to the United States, Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane.

The last hurricane to hit this Caribbean nation was Matthew in October 2016, when it destroyed over 9,000 homes and properties but claimed no lives in the easternmost province of Guantanamo.

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