Scenes of Irma's Path of Destruction, From the Caribbean to Florida

Michele Moreno
September 13, 2017

Irma tied Florida Keys (1935), Gilbert (1988), and Wilma (2005) for the second strongest maximum winds of all-time for an Atlantic hurricane when it topped out at 185 miles per hour.

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

The resource adds that a category four storm - the strength of Irma when it first struck the U.S. mainland - would see "trees stripped of all foliage and fruit, many trees blown over and away from property".

Jacksonville will start to fix and rebuild Tuesday after the city was hit hard by a powerful storm system that tore through the state of Florida over the weekend and into Monday.

Maximum sustained winds were at 70 miles (110 km) per hour, the forecaster said.

Jose doesn't have the muscle Irma flexed as it approached Florida, being just a Category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour sustained winds as of Tuesday morning.

Peek said while the hurricane didn't do as much damage as expected to that area, it still left city streets flooded and trees through homes."For the most part when we got to Naples, it was fantastic it was nearly a ghost town". "We've got roads that are impassable, so everybody's got to be patient as we work through this".

Those Empty Bays

Irma hit Florida on Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, hammering much of the state with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.

"Now we just begin the rebuilding process" Curry said Tuesday morning. A storm surge flooded Jacksonville's downtown area, and JEA, the city's electric utility, reported at least 267,000 customers were without power.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared a state emergency for all 159 counties as Irma barrels toward the state.

It killed at least 26 people before leaving the Caribbean for Florida.

Irma registered as a major hurricane for 8.5 days, the second most in the satellite era (since 1966), trailing only Ivan in 2004.

It is still too early to determine Jose's exact path - Irma's path wasn't completely known until she made landfall in Florida. Florida's largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but was still battered. Two cranes have collapsed in high winds in the city.

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