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Irma batters Florida, at least 5 dead

Irma batters Florida, at least 5 dead

It was hard to get detailed information on the condition of the island chain where Irma first came ashore over the weekend because communication and access were all but cut off by the storm's arrival as a Category 4 hurricane.

Five deaths in Florida were blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia. Few parts of the peninsula were spared the hurricane's enormous reach - though many places escaped the worst-case scenario.

- Miami streets turned into raging rivers, and the city's airport is closed because of significant water damage.

However, Irma is expected to fizzle out over land while Hurricane Jose will make a loop before moving west again.

Hurricane Jose's surf and rip currents could become enhanced along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and the outer banks of North Carolina later in the week and over the weekend, AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossio has said.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home.

However, he said, "We got super, super lucky".

They noted that many roads were still blocked or flooded Tuesday morning and motorists were urged to treat intersections without working red lights as four-way stops.

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The mass exodus from southern Florida could become one of the largest evacuations in USA history, according to CNN.

Irma is now moving away from the coast of Cuba and is making landfall on the Florida Keys, which forms the southernmost portion of the state. "Best word I could say is war zone", he said on Twitter.

The National Weather Service said Irma will leave behind cloudy, cool weather with occasional showers today in north and central Alabama.

All tropical storm watches have been dropped as of Tuesday morning, and most of the heavier rain in Alabama was located in the northwest part of the state.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands.

As a Category 5 storm, Irma cut across the northern coast of Cuba, where at least 10 people were killed, according to The Guardian.

Flooding from Hurricane Irma is seen in Viera, Fla., on Monday.


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