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11 September 2017 - Hurricane Irma Hits Florida

Hurricane Irma to batter Florida Peninsula through the night
Jason Samenow and Greg Porter (The Washington Post, 11/09/2017)

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma first crashed into the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and then made a second landfall on Marco Island on Florida’s west coast Sunday afternoon, unleashing violent wind gusts up to 142 mph and storm-surge flooding. The storm was plowing up Florida’s west coast Monday morning and, once it’s over, forecasters feared that this storm will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history.

At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 25 miles northeast of Tampa. Its eyewall — containing the storm’s most violent winds — had passed northeast of Sarasota. The storm center was plowing north-northwest at 15 mph between Tampa and Orlando.

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Category 4 Storm
 
A Late Weakening Dampened Hurricane Irma's Power, But It Still Set Plenty of Records
Seth Borenstein (Time Magazine, 11/09/2017)
 
Before crashing into Florida, Hurricane Irma set all sorts of records for brute strength as it flattened Caribbean islands and swamped the Florida Keys. Irma's assault — so soon after Harvey's deluge of Houston — marked the first time the U.S. was hit by two Category 4 storms in the same year.

Irma hit the Sunshine State as a big wide beast, though not quite the monster it once was shaping up to be. Earlier, it was the most powerful recorded storm in the open Atlantic. But as the once-Category 5 storm neared the U.S. mainland, it lost some oomph after running into the northern coast of Cuba.

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Aftermath of the Storm

The most important thing you should remember about Hurricane Irma is that the story doesn't end with the storm
Skylar Baker-Jordan (The Independent, 10/09/2017)

In early 2008, I decided to take a spur-of-the-moment road trip to New Orleans. This was two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the Gulf Coast, but the destruction was still visible. Boarded-up houses, empty churches and vacant lots were a common sight outside of the touristy French Quarter.

Now another major storm, Hurricane Irma, is poised to cause destruction across much of Florida. This is just a fortnight after Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston in what was called a 1000-year rain event. Texas is still drying out as the rest of the country watches Florida brace for a direct hit. And there are still two hurricanes in the Caribbean that have yet to reach American shores.

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Covering the Storm

Covering Hurricane Irma: journalists go to extremes to report storm
Chloe Watson (The Guardian, 11/09/2017)
 
Evacuate or stay indoors was the general advice given to Florida’s residents ahead of Hurricane Irma. Many packed up their cars or sought refuge at home but, there was one particular group of people who remained.

It seems it is a right of passage for every TV journalist and meteorologist to venture out into the elements during the midst of a wild storm. Live broadcasts are often met with wind-swept hair, drenched parkas and soaked microphones, as journalists attempt to maintain composure and report to camera.

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Last update September 11, 2017
Créé le September 11, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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