Hurricane Irma could have been worse, experts claim

Hurricane slams Cuba heads toward Florida

Hurricane slams Cuba heads toward Florida

U.S. Defense Department says as many as 10,000 residents who had stayed put on the island may be in need of evacuation.

She said OUC hoped by Tuesday morning to have estimates on when repairs would be complete for the more than 120,000 homes and businessesserved by OUC that remained without power Monday.

"I guess that a lot of people just connected to the joke, and the more it got shared, the more attention it seemed to get", he said on Sunday.

A team of 59 urban search and rescue experts is flying Monday to the Dutch territory that's home to some 40,000 people, where 70 percent of homes were badly damaged last week by a direct hit from the Category 5 storm.

A Senior Hurricane Specialist and a storm surge unit operations officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration watch radar and infrared satellite imagery depicting the eyewall of Hurricane Irma crossing the lower Florida Keys yesterday at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami.

"It's a worst-case scenario for Florida on the west coast", said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "It's horrible what we saw".

As well as being potentially expensive, the hurricane set a number of new records, according to the list by Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.

"US 1, the only road that comes in and out of the Florida Keys, there's three choke points - there are three places that are completely inaccessible".

"Stay inside. Go up". Let's pause for a moment to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander is expected to visit the island Monday to show his support for local residents and the emergency services working to restore infrastructure and begin the process of reconstruction. That draining of the bay and coast "tricks people", Rhome said, but Needham said the Tampa region has experienced this type of negative storm surge at least twice before.

DONEVAN: So he's referring to kind of how important of an artery this bridge in the Keys is and how important it's going to be as they start rebuilding. Branches and other brush blocked some roads.

The Lower Keys - including the chain's most distant and most populous island, Key West, with 27,000 people - are still off-limits, with a roadblock where the single highway to the farther islands was washed out. The frustration that he is not allowed back in can be heard in his voice.

While the Indian Consulate in Atlanta was coordinating with various community groups and was in constant touch with community leaders and Indian passport holders, the Indian American community organisations in Atlanta launched an unprecedented relief effort for those in distress due to hurricane Irma. At a gas station, the canopy and pumps were crumpled into a heap. But her first priority, she says, is to get on the phone and start informing her guests and canceling reservations. Gov. Rick Scott also said people can text "DISASTER" to 20222.

DONEVAN: I should start with the caveat that the view from 2,000 feet up is not perfect.

Key West - once called "Cayo Hueso", or "Island of Bones" by the Spanish - has seen its share of hurricanes.

Police in Miami-Dade County said they had made 29 arrests for looting and burglary. When someone tweeted a picture of a man "either lying down or passed out on Duval St.", another Twitter user soon sent images of passersby helping the man to safety. The Hurricane is currently moving along the coast of Cuba about 215 miles away from Miami, as it makes its way towards the U.S. peninsula.

Insured property losses in Florida from Irma are expected to run from $20 billion to $40 billion, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated. So he ended up calling his father, and now he's siphoning gas from his car. "You know, I'm not stupid, but I thought I could get back", the 42-year resident of the Keys said.

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