Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Hurricane Irma: County Fire Rescue sending 27 workers to Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma: County Fire Rescue sending 27 workers to Florida Keys

Much of Miami is now underwater as rising sea levels surge into the city's streets, trapping millions inside their homes and shelters.

Irma turned Jacksonville's Memorial Park into an unrecognizable lake.

Irma once was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, a Category 5 with a peak wind speed of 185 miles per hour (300 kph).

Four people have died and millions are without power as Hurricane Irma rips across Florida, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

At least five deaths in Florida were attributed to Irma, according to ABC News.

Florida Power & Light, the state's major electricity provider, says it has almost 20,000 workers deployed around the state.

SC: 233,000 customers, according to Duke Energy and SCE&G.

Irma was ranked a Category 5, the rare top end of the scale of hurricane intensity, for days and its ferocity as it bore down on hurricane-prone Florida prompted one of the largest evacuations in United States history.

Images out of Polk County, Florida shows the devastation occurring as first responders attempted to go out into the storm.

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.

Millions of residents are still without power a day after Irma moved through Florida. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean. Several people posted photos of the mammals on Facebook amid reports rescuers later dragged them to deeper water.

Meanwhile, rescue efforts ramped up in the evacuated neighborhood near Orlando as Guardsmen in helmets and fatigues rolled through standing water in a high-clearance vehicle. Charleston police asked residents to avoid downtown in anticipation of high tide. "There's not a ton of warning to them", Ward said.

The National Weather Service in Atlanta issued a tropical storm watch for the area Monday and Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma is "a life-threatening situation", urging people to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

Intense rainfall rates are leading to flash flooding and rapid rises on creeks, streams, and rivers, according to the hurricane center. Winds and heavy rain downed trees and power lines causing thousands to lose power. Trump said that he has been in communication with federal agencies and state governors now on the front lines of the storm.

The officers determined that 51-year-old Brian Buwalda was dead at the scene.

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.

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