HURRICANE IRMA: President monitors storm from retreat in Camp David

Killer Hurricane Irma is set to batter Florida tomorrow

Irma struck the US mainland today (Sept. 10), making landfall in Florida at 9:10 a.m. local time as a Category 4 hurricane, and experts predict that Irma will remain a hurricane though the morning of September 11 and perhaps longer.

About 100 workers from Mississippi Power will be among the first crews arriving at the Coliseum, which has become a staging area for teams that will be responding to Hurricane Irma damage.

The city, located on Florida's west coast, was hit by Irma around 5 p.m., and parts of the town are facing significant flooding.

But the effects are being felt far from the center because of Irma's size.

Cities like Tampa, which braced for the catastrophe, got a "glancing blow", while the Florida Keys - where Irma made landfall as a powerful Category 4 - are utterly devastated. "I don't have any doubt in my mind that we can support both governors and that as a federal government we can do this and will do this". A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages dipped to around 3.5 million by Monday afternoon from a peak of 3.6 million earlier in the day.

Storm surge doesn't just come from the ocean.

Irma was downgraded as it moved over the western Florida peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said. The National Weather Service says they've seen a storm surge in - over an hour and a half of seven feet.

"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. Authorities are still surveying damage from the record-breaking storm, and this story will be updated as more details emerge. It battered Florida's lower half, leaving a trail of tornadoes and storm-surge flooding as its core slowly moved inland. I don't think we saw a lot of people going out of the shelters.

Footage from the Grassy Key island shot by United States broadcaster NBC showed downed power lines, felled trees, and streets strewn with debris and vehicles.

Lowndes County officials called for voluntary evacuations of their 112,000 residents, according to a news release Sunday. As you mentioned, the power outages have been severe.

As a result, ratings may be delayed for a few days, depending on how soon the data center can reopen and staff can return to work.

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