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‘Do not do this!’: Videos show the destruction and damage of Hurricane Irma

September 12, 2017

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Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida over the weekend, causing widespread damage, leaving millions of people without power.

The storm — which has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm — now moves toward the northwest, likely to strike southern states on Monday, according to CNN.

Close to 5.2 million people are without power in Florida, with FEMA chief Brock Long saying some places won’t have power for weeks, CNN reported.

Flooding filled the streets of Miami, Naples and parts of Tampa, according to CNN.

Officials still warn people to stay off the streets, even as the storm winds die down.

"Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees and then you can get out there and determine what happened to your individual property or your neighborhood," Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler told CNN.

So far, few images of the damage have popped up, as the storm takes its final breaths on Florida. ABC News shared drone footage that depicts the aftermath of Naples, which was better than expected, officials said.

Reporters shared videos on Twitter of the storm, as they stood out during the fierce winds and savage rain to report on the devastation.

The Miami Herald shared its front page, which captured the devastation from the storm’s surge of seawater.

Miami faced floods.

A Miami roof got ripped off because of the winds.

One Naples resident tried to captured footage and was almost hit by a tree.

Glass panels fell from the Panorama, which is the tallest building in Miami.

Storm chasers stood outside to measure the storm’s strength. As Volusia emergency management said, “do not do this!”

One meteorologist could barely stand his ground during the storm.

Two Americans spoke with CBS News about what it was like to be in St. Martin during the storm.

CNN also shared drone footage of Tortola and the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma.


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