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Stormchasers ignore dire storm warnings to measure Hurricane Irma windspeed

Stormchasers ignore dire storm warnings to measure Hurricane Irma windspeed”

A tired Gov. Rick Scott, who has flown across the state during the past five days sounding the alarm bell ahead of landfall, acknowledged that it won't be easy for residents in the days ahead.

They also have asked the federal government to kick in 11 million meals and millions more liters (gallons) of water, plus almost 700 cases of baby supplies. "To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced".

Irma is one of the strongest hurricanes ever in the Atlantic and is on a collision course with South Florida.

While the eye of Hurricane Irma is not expected to go over the east coast, a powerful storm surge could still bring severe flooding to the area.

"We have no electricity, at least in this pat of Key West, we have no water, we have no internet service", Dave Gonzales, the museum's curator, said on MSNBC Sunday night. "Most importantly we have got to save every life and we have got to make sure people understand it is still risky". High winds are making it hard for officials to secure cranes, some of which have collapsed in Miami.

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Florida has already spent $77 million ahead of Irma's arrival.

Restoration can take anywhere from hours to days, while a rebuild could takes weeks or more, company representatives said. While Scott does have plenty of practical advice and warnings for the good people of the Sunshine State, every single time he gets in front of a camera, he can't help but tell people that an effective form of hurricane defense is prayer. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue has also suspended emergency services due to unsafe weather conditions. The storm was moving north-northwest at 17 miles per hour.

Orlando International Airport closed Saturday and won't reopen to passenger traffic until after Hurricane Irma has passed, a damage assessment has been completed, necessary recovery efforts have been made and airlines are consulted to determine when best to resume operations.

Duncan said many Floridians are used to hurricanes. But he acknowledged that may not happen soon.

"You should ensure you have your own contingency plans in place and consider your travel plans very carefully".



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