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?
With millions of people under evacuation advisories, thieves are taking advantage of the homes emptied during Hurricane Irma.
The Sun Sentinel documents several such cases, though the phenomenon does not appear to be widespread:
— Two 17-year-olds burglarized a home in Weston, Fla., and a deputy shot one of them, authorities said. The owners of the home were out of the country, but they spotted a burglary in progress on their home security cameras and called the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Deputies shot Dylan Lemon of Weston outside the home about 3 a.m. Sunday and arrested Jean Coello, also of Weston.
— Two burglars broke into six Fort Lauderdale homes overnight Saturday into Sunday. Ryan Cook and Max Saintvil, both 28, face six counts each of burglary, said Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for Fort Lauderdale police.
— Nine people were arrested Sunday afternoon and accused of looting in Fort Lauderdale. Television news video showed people clambering in and out of a jagged hole in a shattered window, snatching sneakers and clothing from a sportswear store. A block away, they pilfered what they could from Cash America Pawn, police said.