Tropical Storm Irma has unleashed some of Jacksonville’s worst floods in 100 years, inundated parts of coastal Georgia and produced heavy storm surges in Charleston, S.C.
Here's the latest:
- Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but dangers linger for communities in its path
- The storm took a parting swipe at north Florida this morning before it started battering Georgia and South Carolina
- More than 155,000 people in Florida are still in shelters; more than 6 million Floridians lack power
- Irma has devastated several Caribbean islands
- What happens when the sea rises up during a hurricane?
South Florida was starting to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma, with the National Weather Service reporting that the area is starting to see hurricane-force wind gusts with some tornadoes possible.
Meteorologists expect tropical storm-force winds to reach Central Florida starting about 2 p.m. Sunday and increase to 60 to 80 mph throughout the day.
Hurricane warnings expanded to include Orange, Lake, Seminole and Volusia counties Saturday morning. Orange, Seminole and Osceola are now along the eastern edge of forecasters’ cone for the eye’s possible path. The mandatory evacuation of all mobile homes in Seminole and Orange counties were also issued today.
Seminole County instituted a curfew from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.
“Our personnel are encouraging residents to leave their mobile homes and make their way to designated shelters,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Hurricane Irma’s winds dropped to 120 mph, moving west-northwest at 7 mph after having moved west much of the day along the Cuban coastline.