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No other state gets hit by hurricanes as often as Florida

No other state gets hit by hurricanes as often as Florida

Category 3 storms have winds from 111 to 129 miles per hour, but a 130-mph wind gust was recently reported by the Marco Island Police Department.

Powerful waves and storm surge from Hurricane Irma topped Havana's iconic Malecon seawall and left thousands of homes, businesses and hotels swamped. Forecasters predicted winds up to 60 miles per hour (95 kph) on Monday morning with gusts possibly reaching hurricane force of 75 miles per hour (120 kph). Irma is expected to pick up intensity as it travels across the warm waters of the Gulf.

Pictures taken by terrified locals caught up in the midst of Irma reveal the low-lying Keys being buffeted by winds and heavy rain. Authorities cut power to parts of the city and evacuated around 10,000 people from central Havana amid concerns of storm surge flooding, according to Reuters.

Jones told reporters Sunday he believes more people evacuated Savannah and nearby communities for Irma than left ahead of Matthew a year ago.

Still, locations such as Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; Cincinnati; Charleston, West Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Philadelphia, should anticipate wet, dreary and cool conditions around Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two deaths occurred in Florida due to vehicle accidents.

And Irma's path could cause further problems for areas north of Florida, including Atlanta, home to the busiest airport in the world.

Cubans walked through ankle-deep water in Caibarien, a fishing town where streets were flooded and covered in seaweed.

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Schools were closed today in at least 33 counties, the governor said, but it will up to districts when classes will resume. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport remains open but the weather could affect operations Monday.

With the arrival of what is potentially one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Florida, officials have set aside 3.2 million liters of water, filled 67 trailers with meals, and amassed 24,000 tarps.

More than four million homes were without power throughout Florida and more than six million people had been ordered to flee their homes.

On Monday, Cuban state TV announced 10 hurricane related deaths - meaning Irma killed a total of 36 people in the Caribbean before heading to the US.

Reports of Irma's pending impact have been circulating for days, causing anxiety to soar among residents uncertain whether to heed mandatory evacuation orders or try to ride out the storm.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he also talked with Trump on Sunday and the president "said he was saying prayers for us", Scott told CBS' "Face the Nation".

Irma was already whipping south Florida with winds on Saturday, and the governor said 76,000 people were without power.

Most people in the coastal area live in one-story homes, putting them at great risk as floodwaters rose to roof level in some places. But the storm's unpredictability made even evacuation challenging. "Where do we have to go except the bathroom and the back bedroom?"

He said: "This is a very big consular crisis and I am confident we are doing everything we possibly can to help British nationals". By Saturday, damage estimated to have already reached the 1.2 billion euro ($1.44 billion) mark - pockmarking the islands that have become famous as lush playgrounds for the rich and famous.


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