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Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida coast
    2017-September-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

HURRICANE Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, weakened to a Category 1 storm yesterday but remained dangerous as it continued its furious climb up Florida’s southwest coast.

Before reaching the United States, Irma smashed through a string of Caribbean islands from tiny Barbuda on Wednesday, to the tropical paradises of Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos.

At least 30 deaths were already attributable to the storm. The U.S. victims included a sheriff’s deputy killed in a head-on collision early Sunday as she drove home for supplies after working in a shelter all night.

Warnings of hazardous storm surges remained in effect through vast swaths of peninsular Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma’s path — one of the biggest evacuations in U.S. history.

After wreaking a trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean, Irma had killed three people when it struck the southern Florida Keys island chain as a more powerful Category Four on Sunday.

More than four million customers were without power throughout the state. Florida Power and Light said it had “safely shut down” one of two nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point power plant.

While southwest Florida bore the deadly brunt of Irma’s wrath Sunday, the coastlines of Miami and the neighboring island of Miami Beach were heavily inundated by storm surges as hurricane winds sent two giant construction cranes crashing down. The sea swallowed the coastal walkway of glitzy Brickell Avenue in the center of Miami, flooding the streets and leaving cars half-submerged.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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