Will Hurricane Irma Hit South Carolina And Georgia?

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But it was nothing like the force delivered by deadly Hurricane Irma, which battered many islands, including Barbuda, just days ago.

Tropical Storm Irma lashed Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday with steady rain and 50 miles per hour wind gusts after leaving millions in the state without power overnight, weather officials said. 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. Officials said the National Guard has arrived in the island chain, and state transportation officials have cleared six of 42 bridges as safe for travel.

A weakened Irma weakened took its parting shot at Florida on Monday, triggering severe flooding in the state's northeastern corner, while authorities along the storm's 400-mile (640-kilometer) path struggled to rush aid to victims and take the full measure of the damage.

FPL made a decision to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

Rain bands out ahead of the eye are already making their way onshore around the Miami metro area.

After the Keys, Irma crossed over warm waters and hit the USA mainland near the beach town of Marco Island.

Many streets were flooded in downtown Miami and other cities.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Monday morning, and become a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.

In the dark: Most of the city (72%) is without power, the mayor said Monday.

Broken tree branches block roads in the Coral Beach neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. Reports say that 10,000 people made a decision to ride out the storm.

Irma, a mammoth that stretched 650 miles from east to west, has pummeled at least nine states - turning streets into rivers, ripping down power lines, uprooting trees and cutting off coastal communities. A spokesperson for Florida Power & Light, the state's biggest utility, said recovery from the storm would require a "wholesale rebuild" of the electrical grid.

FEMA chief Brock Long said some areas of South Florida will not have electrical power for weeks.

Sylvia Constantinidis, a 27-year resident of Miami, told ABC News earlier this week that she would stay in the city during the storm.

"It's the worst storm I've ever seen", said South, the NOAA meteorologist.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the center said in the 5 p.m. advisory.

At least 26 people were arrested for burglary and looting Sunday night in Miami, and schools, airports and Orlando's DisneyWorld were on the list of closures.

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