Why these Miami residents are hunkering down at home as Irma approaches

Why these Miami residents are hunkering down at home as Irma approaches

Forecasts called for Irma's core to be near the Georgia-Florida line Monday morning, though the exact path remained uncertain.

Irma is now a strong tropical storm with sustained winds around the northern edge of the center of circulation as high as 70mph, along with some higher gusts. The storm is expected to further weaken as it continues to move inland.

The storm was still hurling 65 miles per hour winds Monday, pummeling cities in northeast Florida that had not expected to feel its full wrath. It left more than 20 people dead across the Caribbean and as it moved north over the Gulf of Mexico's bathtub-warm water of almost 90 degrees, it was expected to regain strength.

"The vast majority of Alabamians are only going to be affected by thunderstorm-like wind and rain conditions with some possible flash flooding", Ivey said. "We have to wait till all the elements pass through", he said.

High winds alone could bring down many power lines, she said, and other lines could be damaged by falling trees.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is 345 miles southeast of Miami as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend almost 415 miles from the center. Leon County, which includes Tallahassee, issued a voluntary countywide evacuation order on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Irma executed a westward swing toward Florida's Gulf coast that appeared to spare the Miami metropolitan area of the catastrophic direct hit that forecasters had been warning of for days.

The second one, in Marco Island, was a Category 3 that left the island without water and power, authorities said.

Your Forecast For September 12th, 2017
Skies will be sunny with winds ranging from the northeast to southeast at 5-10 miles per hour . The forecast also calls for a 10 percent chance of thunderstorms between 4 p.m. and midnight.

The National Guard was assisting in the recovery, county administrators said. and the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln is headed to Key West, along with three other navy vessels, where they will anchor and provide emergency services.

One person was found dead in a home in Shark Key. Maximum sustained winds could be almost 150 miles per hour with possibly serious implications because of storm surge.

The important part of the forecast for José comes over the weekend and next week, as Jose appears to strengthen as it makes it's closest pass to the U.S. coast.

"As soon as the wind shifts direction, the water will come back quickly and continue to move inland", CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said.

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross. Another man was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength, officials said. No injuries have been reported. Some homes and businesses could be without power for weeks, especially in the hardest-hit areas like southwest Florida, the NextEra Energy Inc unit said.

The two were speaking to reporters Thursday at the Miami-Dade County emergency operations center as it looked more and more likely that Irma would hit the Miami area after crashing through the Caribbean.

Some of the state's biggest attractions have announced temporary closures, including amusement park giants Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Legoland and Sea World, which all planned to close through Monday.

A spokeswoman for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said President Donald Trump spoke to the governor for about 10 minutes Sunday morning to offer assistance.