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Floridians scramble for safety as Hurricane Irma closes in

17 Setiembre 2017

When Irma reaches Florida, it will be the state's strongest hurricane strike since Hurricane Charley made landfall as a Category 4 storm in 2004, according to the Weather Channel. So doctors from Jackson Health System talked her through the birth of the baby girl at home.

Authorities say firefighters were able to make it to the woman Sunday morning and take her to the hospital after the girl was born.

"Storm surge is the most dangerous part of any hurricane threat", Norman said, adding that the danger grows as the water begins to destroy structures on land. They are encouraging residents to stay inside because of downed power lines and debris.

Two others were born at the hospital Saturday afternoon.

Rick Scott said Saturday evening that South Florida was already experiencing tropical storm-force winds as the Category 3 hurricane moved toward Florida's west coast and that it was a priority for people in evacuation zones to leave their homes. Still, the storm's toll is expected to be high, even as Congress hastily approved $15 billion in emergency spending in preparation for Irma's arrival. The NWS stated that "major hurricane force winds" were expected to batter the area at daybreak, with winds speeds well over 100 miles per hour making their way up the state's western coast. The advice still holds: get as low to the ground as you can, and put as many layers between yourself and the outside world as possible. It was likely to regain Category 4 status before striking Florida, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

In the face of a strengthening storm, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has posted a storm surge warning for the Florida Keys, Tampa Bay, and the entire southern coast of Florida from Daytona Beach on the East Coast to the Suwannee River on the Gulf Coast. "But this one scares me", Sally Carlson said as she snapped photos of the waves crashing against boats.

It does bear repeating that if you're in Florida you shouldn't try to shoot at an extreme weather event.

The storm slammed into Cudjoe Key around 9 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph after gaining strength in the Atlantic overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center. But that water doesn't just come in and go back out.

Sorry to pour cold water on all the finger-wagging, but, guys, come on.

"All our coaches said what we had to do was just keep it simple", Wint said Saturday from FIU's temporary home in Birmingham, where about 200 athletes from eight of the school's teams are seeking shelter from the storm.

On the island of Barbuda, which has a population of some 1,400 people, 90 percent of the buildings were destroyed. Given all of these near misses and the fact that only the most subtle changes in the storm's evolution would have caused much more horrifying scenes, the answer is probably no. If bicycle helmets are available, use them - children are especially at risk, and this would be an extra level of added protection.

President Trump, before a winter storm that underperformed expectations in March, said something often true but inconvenient about storm forecasting: "Let's hope it's not going to be as bad as some people are predicting".

Floridians scramble for safety as Hurricane Irma closes in