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AP PHOTOS: Huge storm Irma lashes Florida, moves up coast

11 Setiembre 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott had warned the 6.4 million people in the state's evacuation zones Saturday that 'this is your last chance to make a good decision'.

As Hurricane Irma barrels across the Caribbean toward Florida, Miami Beach residents who refused to join the millions fleeing their state are out walking dogs and surfing in a ghostly city.

He said water driven into the Keys from Irma could exceed the five to 10-foot storm surge predicted because waves of equal height could ride on top of the surge.

"You've just got to have plenty of beer, Captain Morgan, vodka, (and) you'll get through", said Griffin, 52. It's just 20 miles east of Key West. The worst winds of the eyewall, caught in satellite loops, passed roughly between Big Pine, home to the National Key Deer Refuge, and Key West, some 30 miles to the west.

Maximum sustained winds stayed at around 125 mph (201 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Update: 5:19 a.m. ET - The eye of the hurricane is about to pass over Lower Florida Keys soon, the National Weather Service has said. Miami was supposed to travel to Arkansas State in Week 2 while Florida State was scheduled to host Louisiana-Monroe.

Weather forecasters were closely monitoring Hurricane Jose as it gathered strength over the Atlantic OceanWhat is Hurricane Jose and where is its path? But this one scares me.

Michael Sechler posted that the animals were far too massive to be lifted, so they gave them water. "I don't know whether to laugh or sigh". The highest price in the state is currently $3.79. He also declared a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and increased the amount of federal aid for the U.S. Virgin Islands, where at least four people have died. Elsewhere, winds toppled trees and utility polls or ripped apart roofs. "Now we have to hunker down and watch out for each other". "This was the strongest storm Caibarien ever had. It will take a while to recover from this, at least a few years". "It certainly could inundate the entire island".

US President Donald Trump reviewed preparedness with his cabinet colleagues at Camp David in Maryland.

One homeless man who sat on a bench in a promenade that ends at the sea showed no fear, and was unwilling to evacuate. "They are part of the family", wrote one Facebook user, posting a picture of his cat putting one paw on the trigger of a gun, in the discussion section of of Edwards' event page.

To help protect motorists, GasBuddy has added a new feature within its popular smartphone app that enables consumers in affected areas to take and submit photos of station prices that appear to be abnormally high (i.e. more than $1.50 above what would be considered "normal" for the area). "More and more people thought I was actually getting people to start shooting at the hurricane", Edwards said. Emera's Tampa Electric utility said the storm could affect up to 500,000 of the 730,000 homes and businesses it serves.

Earlier, an urgent warning was issued to those in the Keys who'd opted to stay in their homes.

AP PHOTOS: Huge storm Irma lashes Florida, moves up coast