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Hurricane Irma Bears Down On Florida
Hurricane Irma Bears Down On Florida

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Hurricane Irma Bears Down On Florida

Hurricane Irma
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The summer of 2017 has proven to be one of the most tumultuous summers we’ve had in recent memory. Political issues aside, this summer has been plagued with natural disasters, as was the case with Hurricane Harvey, the earthquake that hit Mexico, and most recently, Hurricane Irma.

Video shows severe flooding in #Miami's financial district during #HurricaneIrma.

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Hurricane Irma pushed through the Florida Keys on Sunday with strong winds before pushing its way north, flooding streets and knocking out power to millions across the state.

The images that have been circulating throughout social media show just how devastating the effects of Irma have been. In Barbuda, for instance, one person died and 90% of the buildings/vehicles were destroyed. Per ABC News, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gastone Browne said that the island is “barely inhabitable” after Irma.

Announcing itself with roaring 130 mph winds, Hurricane Irma plowed into the mostly emptied-out Florida Keys early Sunday for the start of what could be a slow, ruinous march up the state's west coast toward the heavily populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area. This video was posted by @matthew.spuler in downtown Miami Sunday morning. With an estimated 127,000 huddling in shelters statewide, the storm lashed the low-lying string of islands with drenching rain and knocked out power to over 1 million customers across Florida. About 30,000 people heeded orders to evacuate the Keys as the storm closed in, but an untold number refused to leave. While the projected track showed Irma raking the state's Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the entire Florida peninsula – including the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people – was in extreme danger from the monstrous storm, almost 400 miles wide. Continuing coverage on Eyewitness News and at abc7.com.

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As of Monday morning, Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical storm, but it’s effects are all too visible. Florida is currently attempting to clean up the damage caused by Irma, which, per The Telegraph, “left homes flooded, shop-lined streets turned into rivers, giant cranes and trees snapped, and 5.7 million people without power.”

STUNNING VIDEO: Cops rescue two people attempting to ride out Hurricane Irma on a boat in Florida.

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As of now, The NHC (National Hurricane Center) said that Irma will continue moving over the western Florida peninsula through Monday morning, and into the southeastern U.S. late Monday and Tuesday. You can watch a real-time satellite view of the hurricane’s path here.

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