Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Is Hurricane Irma Over? Tropical Depression Brings Rain From Tennessee To Carolinas

Is Hurricane Irma Over? Tropical Depression Brings Rain From Tennessee To Carolinas

The Caribbean saw scenes of catastrophic destruction, a preview of what Florida faces as the onslaught brought about by Hurricane Irma continues, as shown in the video below.

Irma is moving toward the north-northwest near 17 miles per hour, and a turn toward the northwest is expected by Tuesday morning.

Barbuda first felt the storm's power, as the Category 5 hurricane damaged 95 percent of buildings on the small island.

Irma, which was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, is centred about 170km north-northwest of Tampa area of Florida, with sustained winds of about 110km/h as of 9:00 am local time (13:00 GMT).

"I just hope everybody survived", he said.

Irma's powerful eye landed in the Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning, swelling waterways to an estimated 10 to 15 feet in some areas, CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports.

Another 125 emergency rescues were made in less than an hour Monday in Orange County, home to Orlando - an inland city where many coastal residents had evacuated to before the hurricane.

Authorities in the city of 880,000 said Monday morning there had been a number of injuries from trees crashing through homes and structure fires, but no reported deaths.

As the storm continued on its path, South Carolina, Georgia and parts of Alabama remained in danger of flash flooding, the National Hurricane Center warned. There was no power or running water in the town Monday and phone lines were down. Irma is now over Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

For those still at home, it was already too late to escape the wrath of what could be the worst hurricane in storm-prone Florida.

Irma tore through Cuba as a Category 5 storm before it reached Florida, killing at least ten people.

The region has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

Almost half a million Tampa Bay homes and businesses were without power overnight as 70- to 85-mph winds hit the region, with gusts approaching triple digits.

"Irma has officially passed and this is what she left", said Michala Laufle, who rode out Irma in the Keys.

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