Sep 11, 2017

Irma Hits Florida

Irma downgraded to tropical storm status as it moves inland

Warm water ahead of Irma

Hurricane Irma hit Florida Sept. 10. A Category 4 storm, it left its mark on the Florida Keys, then downgraded to a Category 3 storm and hit Marco Island, Fla. According to the New York Times, Irma extended to Tampa, Fla., though the damage was not as extreme as expected. The storm continued to move northwest across the state as a Category 1 hurricane notes NPR.

Early Sept. 11, the New York Times reported Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph—a drop from its original 185-mph winds Sept. 6. The storm is expected to stay inland over Florida as it moves to Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Jacksonville, Fla., is under a flash flood emergency due to flooding from a storm surge, which has exceeded record levels, according to the New York Times.

Irma has left behind devastating results. The New York Times articles notes that least four people in Florida have been killed by the storm, and at least 27 people have died in the Caribbean. Nearly 6.2 million customers are without power across Florida, according to CNN.

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Image courtesy of NASA. Image shows sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5.