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Hurricane Irma strikes Florida over the weekend. Here's everything you missed

September 13, 2017

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Hurricane Irma downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday morning, though there’s still a long way to go before the storm’s over, according to CNN.

Irma — which at one point was labeled at Category 5 hurricane last week — bashed through the Caribbean and Florida this weekend, flooding streets in Miami, Tampa and Naples.

Millions of people across the Sunshine State are without power, as state emergency responders have rushed out to help those in need.

The storm, which has winds of about 70 mph, now swirls toward Georgia and other southern states, like Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolina, according to CNN.

Officials still want those in the region to be cautious.

"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," said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, according to CNN.

Over the weekend, several stories and reports came out about the storm. We’ve collected a bulk of them and outlined them below to keep you informed about the storm.

Any deaths?:USA Today reported that storm killed at least 20 people since rolling through the Caribbean islands. One person in Orange County, Florida, died in a car accident linked to the storm, CNN reported.

The damage: The storm’s still swirling about Florida, so it’s hard to see the entire wave of damage. ABC News did capture drone footage of Naples, which had considerable damage after the storm.

The cost: AccuWeather President Joel Myers said in a statement Sunday that Hurricane Irma could cost the United States up to $100 billion, making it one of the costliest hurricanes in history, ABC News reported. Combined with Harvey, that would be a total cost of $290 billion between the two storms.

What’s next: The storm continues to move to the northeast, likely to hit southern Georgia on Monday, USA Today reported. Storm surges are also expected.

What is storm surge?: Much of Florida is expected to face storm surges, which are walls of sea that comes back ashore from the hurricane. It can bring close to 15 feet of seawater in some areas, USA Today reported.

Miami airport unsure: According to CNN Money, Miami International Airport is unsure about when it will reopen after it sustained "significant water damage throughout," CEO Emilio Gonzalez said, according to CNN Money.

A cruise to nowhere: The Norwegian Escape cruise has nowhere to go, as it was scheduled to return to Miami on Saturday, according to the Sun Sentinel. The boat now has about 4,000 people still hanging out on the ship on a “cruise to nowhere.”

Reporters risk their lives: Anyone watching CNN this weekend would have noticed a slew of reporters standing outside in the weather. According to The New York Times, media reporters often risk their lives out in the field during this storms so that the public can see the storms without going out themselves.

Smartest guy alive?:Fox News caught up with one local who elected to stay home during the storm. He certainly knew his stuff, explaining why the angles of the storm wouldn’t affect him.

What’s going on in the Caribbean?:The New York Times reported that “desperation” has ensued across the Caribbean, as residents in islands like St. Martin have begun looting from grocery stores, trying to collect any food and water they can.

“All the food is gone now,” Jacques Charbonnier, a resident of St. Martin, told the New York Times. “People are fighting in the streets for what is left.”

St. Martin airport devastated:According to The Washington Post, the hurricane left St. Martin’s “world famous” airport. No deaths were reported, but the airport was “unreachable.”

Jose’s course charted: Hurricane Irma may have struck land, but officials are keeping an eye on Hurricane Jose, which lingers behind in the southern Atlantic ocean. According to The Miami Herald, the storm is likely to spin around in the water before making its way toward South Florida at the end of this week.

Manatees rescued:Responders did their best to rescue manatees, which had been left for dead after Irma sucked up much of the water on the Florida bays.

Parrots seek shelter:ABC News reported that a pair of parrots knocked on the window of a 22-floor building in a Miami hotel, hoping to avoid the storm.


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