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Why storm surge is one of a hurricane's greatest threats

One-Third Of Florida Residents Told To Evacuate Before Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall These Floridians aren't leaving as Irma nears: 'We need everybody's prayers'
Orlondo Matamoros | Setiembre 17, 2017, 22:10

The hurricane has been slightly downgraded to a Category 4 as its center moves near Cuba's north coast Saturday before hurtling toward the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and the southwest coast of the state later Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The man appeared to be uninjured and was able to pick himself off the ground after the incident.

"The storm surge flooding in Miami [on Sunday] is a mere fraction of what would have happened if the core of Irma had been farther east", tweeted Rick Knabb, a hurricane expert at the Weather Channel and former director of the National Hurricane Center.

Though Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 3 storm as it moved over Cuba, it regained strength early Sunday morning, once again becoming a Category 4 hurricane.

"It's going to be very eerie on Sunday when, if it's projected to hit at that point, that we're in the middle of playing a ballgame", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Florida officials said on Saturday that new shelters were opening as other shelters filled to capacity, with more and more people trying to get away from the danger.

Authorities are reportedly concerned looters could raid luxury homes abandoned by residents who have evacuated the area, reports The Miami Herald.

A man walks against heavy winds after the passage of Hurricane Irma, at Caibarien, Villa Clara province, 330km east of Havana, on September 9, 2017.

The uncertainty in Irma's path still leaves a wild card as to who will experience the storm's eyewall, where the storm's fiercest winds concentrate.

The wind on Long Island in the Bahamas is from the southeast to the northwest on Saturday.

For three hours Friday night, he managed to block out the distraction.

"When it made that turn, that's when I had that anxiety pit in my stomach". Elsewhere, winds toppled trees and utility polls or ripped apart roofs.

As the storm edges closer, Monahan said she's sheltering at her home about 10 miles from the Atlantic coast. "This was the strongest storm Caibarien ever had".

The dangerous right-front quadrant with the worst winds and biggest surge targeted the stretch from Everglades City to Marco Island, a less populated zone than many others.

The Florida Keys are first in the storm's firing line. Devastation was guaranteed from a storm so big and so strong (attested to by the 6 million-plus power outages), but the track it ultimately pursued was better than some alternatives.

In Palm Beach, President Donald Trump's waterfront Mar-a-Lago estate was under evacuation order.

God bless Florida and all of us. While that was a little better-but still not good-for Miami, it was horrible news for Tampa and the rest of the western coast of Florida, where many people had gathered hoping to ride out the storm.

"You will not survive all this storm surge", Gov. Scott said Saturday.

But Joni Emmanuel didn't leave her house in the evacuation area of Bal Harbour in Miami-Dade County because her boyfriend, who's 92, wanted to stay behind.

That was the case for Chris Cardona, 54, and his wife Laurie, who left their mobile home near Miami on Thursday to seek refuge with friends near Tampa. "Not only did we go west, but so did Irma".