Hurricane Jose: Track takes weakening storm on an Atlantic loop

The extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening Hurricane Irma is pushing its way toward the Florida coast Sunday Sept. 10

The Florida Keys faced a potentially catastrophic brew of winds topping 125 miles per hour and a storm surge that threatened to drown whole islands.

By Saturday more than 6 million Floridians had been ordered to leave or get to shelters, though as in any storm, not everyone was heeding the warning.

Flash flood emergency: The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for parts of downtown.

The hurricane, one of the strongest storms ever recorded on the Atlantic, has already killed at least 24 people in the Caribbean islands, according to CNN, and at least four deaths have already been reported in Florida. St. Martin and St. Barts also escaped further damage from Jose, as French state meteorological agency Météo-France said Sunday the second hurricane took "a passage which was farther away than anticipated". This watch includes includes Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Saluda counties. Worth County sheriff's spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said the man use a ladder to climb onto a shed Monday morning as sustained winds in the county exceeded 40 miles per hour (65 kph).

Tropical storm warnings were are in effect for the Lowcountry of SC.

Pay attention when watches or warnings are issued for your area
Pay attention when watches or warnings are issued for your area

Tropical storm winds were expected in Savannah as well, prompting authorities Sunday afternoon to close the towering Talmadge Memorial Bridge that spans the Savannah River between Georgia and SC.

"The conditions will be ripe for tornadoes", says News19 Hurricane Expert Jim Gandy. "We just cannot gamble on the wind".

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30. With this northerly track, we'll still likely see some impacts here in Mid-Missouri. Tropical-storm-force winds extend almost 415 miles from the center.

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.

"The people of Florida need to know that our hearts and our prayers and all of our efforts are with them and will be with them until this storm passes", the vice president said. "I wish my clients well and hope for their health and well being as they ride out a hurricane 3 or 4 because they weren't evacuated". Perhaps the days, weeks, and months after Hurricane Katrina set a low bar, but these past few weeks have shown us the worst of times being met with the best of America.


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