How many people has Hurricane Irma killed?

How many people has Hurricane Irma killed?

"Storm surge is the most unsafe part of any hurricane threat", Norman said, adding that the danger grows as the water begins to destroy structures on land.

The outer bands of Hurricane Irma began to lash the Florida Keys and whip up strong surf in Miami on Saturday, as the storm already cut power to almost 25,000 people, said Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Traffic cameras along Interstate 75 in Hillsboro County near Florida's west coast showed traffic moving smoothly Saturday morning. Still, Miami was not out of danger. "The storm surge will rush in and it could kill you".

Hurricane Katia, in the Gulf of Mexico, a category one storm with winds of up to 75mph, made landfall on the Mexican Gulf coast in the state of Veracruz late on Friday. But it was expected to strengthen again before hitting the Sunshine State. Petersburg-Clearwater area is about 3 million. Irma's westward shift has now put major Floridian cities such as Naples and Tampa at risk. Florida was less than 24 hours away from the full brunt of the storm. "The hospitals I've talked to are confident they're doing everything they can". "15 feet of impact above ground level - think about that - 15 feet is devastating".

"All our family was saying if it rains on your wedding day, it's a sign your marriage will weather any storm", said Ian.

More than 1 million people have been evacuated in several provinces in eastern and central Cuba, which were heavily impacted by Irma, local authorities said Friday. Motorists heading inland from the Tampa area were allowed to drive on the shoulders.

Cooper said during a Saturday morning press conference that all regions of the state can expect to feel the effects of Irma.

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A police team, including forensic experts, is probing the case and has collected blood sample and finger prints from the scene. Varun Thakur, father of victim, said "It is a clear case of murder, don't know what happened but I am sure its murder".

"Irma is expected to remain a very unsafe hurricane while it moves near or over the Florida Keys and near or over the Florida Peninsula", the hurricane center's 4 p.m.

She fled her home near the seafront to seek refuge in her grandfather's house. At Germain Arena not far from Fort Myers, on Florida's southwestern corner, thousands waited in a snaking line for hours to gain a spot in the hockey venue-turned-shelter.

The queues were long but we were able to get more than enough water and food. The governor activated all 7,000 members of the Florida National Guard, and 30,000 guardsmen from elsewhere were on standby.

The shift in the forecast, combined with a downgrading of the storm to a Category 3 hurricane, has National Hurricane Center spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen anxious that people will misinterpret the level of danger. It was about 175 miles southeast of Key West, according to an 11 a.m. ET National Hurricane Center bulletin.

Damages could easily top $135 billion in Florida, with other economic losses pushing the price tag as high as $200 billion, Watson said.

"Most of my friends all live in a similar building ... and we're going to all band together and if one of our windows blows out run up to the other apartment."
Scott told all Floridians to be prepared in case they needed to leave.