Irma sucks water out of Tampa waterways

Irma sucks water out of Tampa waterways

As Irma transitioned from a hurricane to a tropical storm, the cleanup effort across Florida begins, as residents try to pick up the pieces of what Irma left behind.

This is the first time it has been a tropical storm since August 31.

At 11 a.m., Irma's tropical storm force winds - those above 39 mph - extended out from its center (or eye) an astonishing 415 miles.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Sunday afternoon expanded his state of emergency to include the entire state of Georgia.

Two men walk their bicycle along a flooded street on the waterfront of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes through on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

According to Julian Heming, a tropical prediction scientist from the Met Office, Irma grew in strength because it had all the ingredients to fuel its growth.

Storm surge also sent floodwaters into downtown St. Marys just north of the Georgia-Florida line.

These tornadoes might be a little weaker, and dissipate faster, than a tornado spawned in, say, the US Central Plains.

Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma slams across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday in San Juan Puerto Rico. REUTERS  Alvin Baez
Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma slams across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday in San Juan Thomson Reuters

Last October, Hurricane Matthew spared Florida from experiencing its strongest side - the right side - because its center tracked along the eastern coastline of the state.

And hurricanes in the Pacific, while they do occur, tend to travel northwest, away from the mainland US.

Irma is expected to continue to weaken and could dissipated altogether in 72 hours.

It is still hard to predict the storm's path once it makes landfall, but the National Weather service released projections Saturday show the western edge of the storm reaching Interstates 22 and 65.

Cumberland County schools officials have canceled all after school activities Monday due to Irma-related weather. The gas stations were closed, which became a bit of a worry until we eventually found one that didn't have every pump wrapped in plastic to shield it from the wind and rain. Wind gusts can be upwards of 60mph.

Showers from the remnants of Irma will start to replace the dry air during the day on Tuesday, but the rain will be on and off instead of lasting all day.

Friday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 80s.

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