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    Irma brings major flooding to Charleston, leaves 6 dead in Florida
    Sept. 11, 2017

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    • Hurricane Irma [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Monday to a tropical storm, after a weekend slicing up the state of Florida as a powerful hurricane. As of 11 a.m., its center was 70 miles east of Tallahassee. The system is packing winds of 65 miles per hour, with some stronger gusts.
    • Irma is expected to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] as it moves toward the eastern Florida panhandle. It should hit southern Georgia on Monday afternoon, and then move into southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama overnight into Tuesday.
    The danger hasn’t passed. Tropical storm warnings and storm-surge warnings remain in effect for parts of the peninsula. Northeast Florida and southeast Georgia and South Carolina may see tornadoes on Monday.

    The storm’s projected path as of 2 p.m. Sunday. Photo: National Hurricane Center Florida Still Faces Dangerous Storm Surges
    Much of Florida’s west coast faces a double threat from Irma: First, the destructive winds near Irma’s core, which threatened to surpass 100 mph in many areas. Once the center of the storm passes, the storm surge will arrive, potentially causing life-threatening flooding in some places. That flooding is expected to be the most dangerous effect of the storm for coastal areas. Thanks to Irma’s offshore winds, the sea was seen dramatically receding along the coast as far north as Alabama on Sunday, but all that water — and possibly a lot more — will come back once the storm passes and the wind changes direction.
    The returning water is especially dangerous since residents may think they are through the worst of the storm once the winds die down. Instead, the water can surge up very quickly, as disaster researcher Mika McKinnon

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    -Max sustained winds of 45 mph -Moving NNW at 16 mph -Center about 120 miles south of Atlanta


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    As #Irma raged, Floridians stopped to take care of creatures great and small [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]








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    The Latest: Irma claims 3rd life in Georgia

    Sept 11, 2017


    Tropical Storm Irma has claimed a third life in Georgia.

    The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says on its website that a woman died from injuries she suffered when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway.

    The sheriff's office says deputies and firefighters tried to rescue the woman, but she died from her injuries.

    The sheriff's office said it was withholding the woman's name until her family and friends had been notified.

    The storm is also being blamed for the death of a man in his 50s who died when a tree fell on his house just north of Atlanta and for the death of a 62-year-old man in rural southwest Georgia who had a heart attack after he climbed onto a shed Monday in a county where sustained winds exceeded 40 mph (65 kph).

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    Irma: What's next for the tropical storm?

    Sept 11, 2017


    MIAMI -- Irma spread misery around the Southeast on Monday, triggering coastal flooding in parts of Georgia and South Carolina while dumping heavy rains around the region. Meanwhile, authorities have sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to Florida to assist in search-and-rescue operations amid reports of devastation in the Keys, which felt Irma's full fury when it blew ashore Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.

    Recovery operations are beginning around Florida and beyond even as the weakening storm system continues to dump heavy rains around the South in states including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The hurricane, once a fearsome Category 5 when it smashed into Caribbean islands last week, had top sustained winds of 50 mph late Monday afternoon.

    Its eye finally spun out of Florida on Monday and was moving inland, first over south Georgia as the storm system gradually weakened. Meanwhile, heavy equipment was seen moving to clear road debris in Florida as chain saws whirred and cleanup crews fanned out.

    Irma wreaked havoc in the Florida Keys and along the entire length of the Florida peninsula. It flooded streets and coastal areas, swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes. In a parting shot at Florida, Irma triggered severe street flooding Monday in the state's northeast city of Jacksonville and the central city of Orlando.

    Rains and storm surge also flooded coastal areas in Georgia and South Carolina. Florida Gov. Rick Scott flew over the hard-hit but isolated Keys on Monday and said he saw "devastation" that included boats washed ashore and mobile homes pummeled by the storm. "It's horrible, what we saw," Scott said. All around the region, more than 7 million homes and businesses lost power at one point from Irma's passage, the brunt of the outages occurring in Florida.

    Two deaths in Georgia have been blamed on Irma as of Monday afternoon.

    Five people died across Florida, but county officials have not yet determined whether their deaths were a direct result of the storm.

    At least 36 people were left dead in the storm's wake across the Caribbean.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the Navy has deployed the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with search and rescue amid reports of devastation in the hurricane-battered Keys. Scott flew over the Keys and says he saw a lot of flood damage and boats that had washed ashore.

    He says he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma. Almost every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes, according to the governor. The National Guard also has arrived in the island chain amid official fears that a humanitarian crisis may be developing in the stricken region.

    White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said in a Monday press briefing that residents would not be able to re-enter the Keys for weeks.

    CBS Miami reporter David Sutta had difficulty describing the devastation across the Keys on Monday. "Best word I could say is war zone," he said on Twitter. "People are walking to find family and friends. No one knows." Sutta tweeted images across the string of islands that depicted destroyed mobile homes and wreckage from the storm.

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    Lots of pics at this link of the destruction from Irma.


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    PoliceOne.com‏ @PoliceOne 49m49 minutes ago

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    This is where all my family are. They are all safe and power has been restored to most of the homes. Lots of trees on the roads and lots of flooded streets. But seems as tho everyone is safe.

    Exit 5- Hardeeville,SC (Jasper County) - two Hardeeville officers captured on camera saving Old Glory during the wrath of Irma... PLEASE SHARE
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    Irma destroyed about 25% of houses in Florida Keys, FEMA says
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    Initial estimates indicate 25% of the houses in the Florida Keys have been destroyed, and 65% have major damage, said Brock Long, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's administrator.
    "Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way," Long said Tuesday. He said the numbers are early estimates and could change.
    Irma left a trail of devastation throughout the Southeast, killing at least five people in the US, flooding major cities including Jacksonville, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina, and leaving millions without power.

    On Monday night, Irma was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as the storm lumbered 95 miles south-southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Irma is expected to turn toward Alabama and then into western Tennessee.
    Even with Irma's weakening, the tropical depression is still expected to bring heavy rainfall across a widespread area, as it flooded parts of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, including Savannah and Charleston, on Monday. The Weather Prediction Center warned Tuesday of possible flash flooding and heavy rainfall in parts of North and South Carolina.

    Irma, which stretched 650 miles from east to west, affected at least nine states, turning streets into rivers, ripping down power lines, uprooting trees and cutting off coastal communities.
    Jacksonville grappled with a record storm surge on Monday, prompting the Coast Guard to deploy boats to rescue residents.

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    Satellite images show how Irma devasted parts of Caribbean
    Sept 12, 2017



    Hurricane Irma devastated several Caribbean islands when it tore through the area as a Category 5 storm, killing at least 36 people, knocking down trees and leveling buildings.
    Satellite images from before and after the storm show wrecked houses, debris scattered everywhere and previously forested areas laid bare.

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    OMG these pictures are horrifying just so sad. My Brother has been to every island in Carrbbein just so sad to see this devastion

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    JAIL BREAK Richard Branson’s son warns up to 120 dangerous prisoners have ARMED themselves after escaping British Virgin Islands jail during Hurricane Irma
    British troops and police have been deployed to restore law and order on the British Virgin Islands after reports of looting
    Updated: 11th September 2017, 2:20 pm


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    THE son of Virgin tycoon Richard Branson has warned that prisoners who have escaped from a jail in the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma destroyed are ARMED.
    Sam Branson has seen the devastation meted out by Irma first-hand after riding out the 185mph storm on his dad's Necker Island*in the British Virgin Islands.

    In his latest video update, he said: "I've been getting some updates on the ground out there on the British Virgin Islands*and it's really sad to say that there is a lot of civil unrest.
    "Unfortunately some of the prisoners have escaped and are now armed."
    He added: "It's really important if you are helping and you are trying to send supply boats out to the area that you go and get information on the ground from official channels and ideally you have some security on the boats.

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    Across much of the Southeastern United States on Tuesday, stressed and exhausted families were assessing damage from Irma, or just beginning the arduous journey home, often grappling with gasoline shortages, sweltering heat and spotty telecommunication services.
    Now a post-tropical cyclone, Irma continued to weaken as it moved toward the Tennessee Valley. Some of the worst damage it wrought was focused in the the Florida Keys, where the storm had torn at nearly every home, and in Jacksonville, where the extent of flooding “shocked” residents and officials alike, Gov. Rick Scott said. “So many areas that you would never have thought have flooded, have flooded,” he said.
    An estimated 25 percent of homes were destroyed when Irma hit there as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, while another 65 percent suffered “major damage,” the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said at a news conference


    Officials in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina sought to prepare residents for the hardships of recovery. More than 5.6 million Florida homes and businesses remained without power, according to state officials.
    Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities faced challenges in providing basic care to the region’s elderly, as staff members relied on generators to power medical equipment. And residents began anticipating the challenges of the weeks and months to come, including water damage, mold and shut-down schools.

    Here’s the latest:
    • At least 45 people have died as a result of the storm, including at least 10 in the continental United States, according to The Associated Press.
    • South Carolina officials said that while infrastructure damage had been much less severe than expected, there was the potential for minor flooding in Charleston and Hilton Head on Tuesday and throughout the week.
    • President Emmanuel Macron of France arrived in the Caribbean on Tuesday to assess the damage to French territories battered by Hurricane Irma last week.
    • About 94,000 people remain in Florida shelters, according to state officials. Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami lifted curfews on Tuesday, local officials said
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    This is the destruction Irma left behind in Florida and Southeast
    Updated 1:38 PM ET, Tue September 12, 2017




    Hurricane Irma weakened as it pummeled Florida -- but the storm still packed a powerful punch, spawning torrential downpours, tornadoes and flash floods.
    First Irma slammed into the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, ripping roofs off mobile homes and littering roads with debris. A day later, it had weakened to a tropical storm but still brought dangerous storm surge flooding to Jacksonville. Now a tropical depression, Irma has moved through Georgia and is still expected to bring torrential rainfall as far north as North Carolina on Tuesday.
    Here's a look at some of the destruction Irma left in her wake. Authorities are still surveying damage from the record-breaking storm, and this story will be updated as more details emerge



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    Irma's aftermath in the Keys 02:26
    The Florida Keys took a direct hit from Irma at one of the storm's most powerful points. There are nearly 80,000 residents on the Keys, and about 10,000 rode out the storm, the Pentagon said Monday.
    Initial estimates indicate 25% of the houses on the island chain have been destroyed, and 65% have major damage, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday. "Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way," he said.
    Roofs ripped off: CNN's team in Key Largo saw some areas devastated by the storm, with roofs torn off mobile homes in one neighborhood. In other parts of the Keys, the closure of US 1, a major artery that connects the islands with the mainland, was a prime concern.
    In the dark: According to state officials, more than 50,000 customers were without power in Monroe County, which includes the Keys. "We have no cell service, no electricity and no water," Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said.

    MIAMI


    People walk past a building where the roof was blown off by Hurricane Irma in Miami.
    Gusts topping 90 mph whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to most of the city's residents. Streets flooded, and flying objects turned into dangerous projectiles. At least two construction cranes partially collapsed.
    Clearing roads: Crews were working to clear roads and restore power Tuesday.
    Flights: Miami International Airport has resumed operations on a limited basis, according to airport spokesman Mark Henderson.
    Casualties: One person died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of an indoor generator, according to Michael Hernandez of the Miami-Dade mayor's office.



    Irma's aftermath in the Keys 02:26
    The Florida Keys took a direct hit from Irma at one of the storm's most powerful points. There are nearly 80,000 residents on the Keys, and about 10,000 rode out the storm, the Pentagon said Monday.
    Initial estimates indicate 25% of the houses on the island chain have been destroyed, and 65% have major damage, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday. "Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way," he said.
    Roofs ripped off: CNN's team in Key Largo saw some areas devastated by the storm, with roofs torn off mobile homes in one neighborhood. In other parts of the Keys, the closure of US 1, a major artery that connects the islands with the mainland, was a prime concern.
    In the dark: According to state officials, more than 50,000 customers were without power in Monroe County, which includes the Keys. "We have no cell service, no electricity and no water," Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said.

    MARCO ISLAND


    A family walks through a street littered with fallen branches in Marco Island on Monday, a day after Hurricane Irma struck.
    This southwest Florida island was the second place Hurricane Irma made landfall, striking Sunday afternoon as a Category 3 storm.
    Surviving Irma on Marco Island: 'It was a badass hurricane'
    Storm surge: Large portions of the island were flooded by a 3- to 4-foot storm surge, said Chris Bowden, spokesman for the Marco Island Fire Department.
    Downed power lines: There are many downed power lines, Bowden said, and the main power pole off the island also went down in the storm. About 2,000 customers are still without power.

    NAPLES


    A car covered by a downed tree sits along a flooded road Monday in Naples after the hurricane swept through.
    Naples was pummeled by Hurricane Irma on September 10 -- the same day that Hurricane Donna had devastated the city 57 years ago, according to David Fralick, the city's communications manager.
    Initial assessment: Mayor Bill Barnett says the city suffered an estimated $100 million in damage, including costs for cleanup and destruction to property.
    Massive cleanup: Trees are down and streets are flooded, even though the storm surge wasn't as bad as officials had feared. "All the beauty (is) kind of got sucked out of the city. ... It's going to be a massive cleanup," the mayor said.
    Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said. And it could be a week until it's restored, Barnett said

    TAMPA


    A split oak tree sits in a yard after Hurricane Irma passed through Tampa.
    The Tampa Bay area feared a direct hit from Irma but ended up getting more of a sideways swipe from the weakened storm.
    Homes destroyed: About a dozen homes were hit by trees and destroyed in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, according to an initial assessment by county officials.
    Not over yet: Residents near rivers will start to see flooding as the days go on, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said

    JACKSONVILLE


    Waves on the St. Johns River crash against a bridge in Jacksonville.
    While some coastal communities breathed a sigh of relief, people in Jacksonville faced flash flooding Monday. The St. Johns River rose to record levels, flooding major roadways. All mandatory evacuation orders had been lifted by Tuesday, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.
    Flash flood emergency: The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for parts of downtown.
    Rescue mode: Mayor Lenny Curry said Monday his city was in "rescue mode," with teams working to evacuate people from low-lying areas. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Tuesday that 356 people had been rescued the previous day

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    “For two days it was hell”: A look at Hurricane Irma’s devastation in the lower Florida Keys
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    We are getting rain today here in Chicago, courtesy of Irma the weatherman said.
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    We are getting rain today here in Chicago, courtesy of Irma the weatherman said.
    WE don't have any rain here yet but it is cloudy and looking like it could rain I live 50 miles from you!!

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    Hurricane Irma: No power, blocked roads add to frustrations in Florida
    9/14/2017




    Days after Hurricane Irma tore through Florida and left millions without power, residents are slowly returning to find ruins in some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

    Recovery is only getting started, and some areas remain flooded. Utility companies are working to restore power to the battered Florida Keys as frustrated evacuees emerge from shelters ready to go home

    About 2.5 million utility customers still were without power in the state Thursday afternoon, officials said. Parts of central and southern Florida will be a sweltering 90 degrees for several days, with humidity making it feel like the mid-90s.


    Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged first responders to check health care facilities after eight patients died at a nursing home with an air conditioning outage three days after Irma ravaged the state.
    As Floridians pick through Irma's ruins, President Donald Trump traveled to the state Thursday to view damage, meet with storm victims and receive updates on recovery from state and local authorities.
    After meeting with military members in Fort Myers, the President, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stood under a tent in Naples and handed out food to storm victims
    "I just want to tell you, we are there for you 100%. We'll be back here numerous times," President Trump said in Naples.

    Long lines for gas, generators
    Anxiety is building for residents who still may face days more without power. In the central Florida city of Sebring, about 70 miles southeast of Tampa, extensive outages have led to seemingly interminable lines at the few open stores carrying precious resources.
    Motorists waited for up to three hours at one Sebring gas station, while people stood in line for hours hoping to buy a generator at a Lowe's store there, CNN affiliate WFTS reported.
    Sebring is the seat of Highlands County, where 82% of the county's 62,400 utility customers still were without power Thursday -- the largest percentage of any county in the state.
    "It's kind of a low-income area anyway and they're not even looking at the price," a Lowe's manager, Krzysztof Rogowski, told WFTS about the customers' desperation for generators.

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    Relief may be days away. People on the west coast, where Hurricane Irma made landfall, will likely have power restored by September 22, according to Florida Power & Light Co.
    Customers who lost electricity on Florida's eastern side will likely have it restored by the weekend because fewer electrical poles came down than in other parts of the state, the company said

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    A week after Irma, Caribbean
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    Sept. 14,2017


    Before it hit Florida, Hurricane Irma crashed through the Caribbean, causing catastrophic damage.
    The Category 5 storm, which ravaged the islands with near-record, sustained 185mph winds, battered an estimated 1.2 million people.
    Irma cut a devastating path, leaving at least 44 people dead in its wake; 11 in the French territories, 10 in Cuba, five in the British Virgin Islands, five in the US Virgin Islands, four in Anguilla, four in St. Maarten, three in Puerto Rico, one in Haiti, and one in Barbuda.
    The scale of destruction was steep

    One week since the massive storm made landfall, here's where things stand in the Caribbean.

    Structural damage

    Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin / St. Maarten, the US Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos were hardest hit, with up to 99% of structures at least partly damaged.
    On Wednesday, the eye of the storm passed directly over the island of Barbuda, leaving the underdeveloped oasis barely habitable. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA) said 99% of all buildings in Barbuda had been destroyed. There is no electricity or water service on the island.
    In Cuba, 13 of the country's 15 provinces have been affected. Although flood waters are receding in Havana, flooding in other coastal and mountain areas have left some communities isolated. Fresh water supplies have been contaminated in the north, according to the UNOCHA

    The storm's damage also threatens Cuba's food security, with key agricultural crops like plantains, rice and sugarcane damaged and food storage areas isolated or destroyed by flooding.
    Some 132 schools suffered severe damage and nearly two thirds of the country is still without electricity according to state news.
    On Anguilla, a 90-square kilometer island that is among several British overseas territories in the Caribbean, 90% of all government buildings were severely affected and 80-90% of the island's schools have been damaged, the UNOCHA said. Electricity and phone lines have been disrupted, hospitals have limited capabilities and there is no running water.

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    Pet owners who abandoned animals during Irma will face felony charges

    Sept 14, 2017


    Meteorologists warned of 100-mile-per-hour winds and severe flooding, but when Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida last weekend, long-gone owners had left dozens of dogs tied up outside to weather the storm frightened and alone.

    Now, Palm Beach County Animal Care and the State Attorney's Office are hunting down the people who abandoned their pets during the dangerous hurricane, leaving them not even indoors but chained to trees and even cars.

    "They are left in a yard, in a pen they cannot escape from or tethered to trees or poles," Diane Sauve, head of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, told WPTV. Leaving a dog tied up alone is already illegal in the region, but the added danger of the storm qualifies the act as a felony, officials say.

    "This is a prime example of animal cruelty," said Dave Aronberg, the state prosecutor for Palm Beach County. "We will find you, and we will prosecute you." While finding these negligent owners will prove a challenge, authorities are working on gathering as much evidence as possible. Sauve stated that they will use every paper trail imaginable to track them down.

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    HEARTBREAKING & DISGUSTING: these dogs found tethered/abandoned before #IRMA hit. Animal Control will be pressing charges. #wptv @wptv








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    Good, they should be charged!

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    Sign language interpreter used gibberish, warned of bears, monsters during Hurricane Irma update

    Sept 15, 2017


    Officials in Manatee County, Florida are under fire after an interpreter for the deaf warned about pizza and monsters during an emergency briefing related to Hurricane Irma.

    The interpreter, Marshall Greene, is a lifeguard for the county whose brother is deaf, according to the DailyMoth, a video news site that provides information via American Sign Language. Greene was used as the interpreter for a Sept. 8 press conference regarding the incoming storm and possible evacuations.

    Members of the deaf community said Greene mostly signed gibberish, referencing "pizza," "monsters," and using the phrase "help you at that time to use bear big," during the event. Other information signed to viewers was incomplete, experts said.

    The county typically uses interpreters from VisCom, a professional sign language interpreting service. VisCom owner Charlene McCarthy told local media she was not contacted about providing services for the press conference and that Greene was apparently not fluent in American Sign Language.

    Manatee County spokesperson Nick Azzara told the Brandenton Herald Greene was asked to interpret during the update rather than have no one signing. The county has requested an interpreter and public information assistance from the state, Azzara said.


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    Lucky duck! 'Irma' sits on eggs even during hurricane-force winds

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    PLANT CITY, Fla. -- "Irma" the duck, who sat through the worst of Hurricane Irma, probably only had one thought as the winds whipped through.

    "Not today, Hurricane Irma, not on my watch!"

    Joy Anne Trent posted a photo of "Irma" keeping watch of her 13 eggs and quite the eggcellent story: sat on the nest for the past month only to get off to eat and drink.

    During Hurricane Irma, however, she sat.

    "Towards evening as the hurricane was heading towards us, we had torrential rains and wind gusts up to 107mph! Irma hunkered down and never left her nest," Trent wrote on Facebook. "We could watch her from our bathroom window as we were lucky and never lost power. When the eye of the hurricane was over our house we went out to check on her and she was still sitting tight.

    "When we woke up Monday morning, there was Irma, still sitting on her nest, covered in broken tree branches and Spanish moss, but alive and unharmed, all 13 eggs still intact."

    Trent says she's looking forward to all of the eggs hatching and all of the poop that will land on her driveway.

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    TOUCHING: Dozens of women gather to take home and wash laundry for linemen working hard to restore power after Irma

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    Do Re Mi Daycare on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands has been serving students for 20 years.
    But last week, Hurricane Maria threatened everything that Naima Poleon's family had worked for. Poleon, who took over the daycare this year so her mother could retire, ventured out after the storm to find large parts of the roof were gone. Water damage inside was extensive.

    I really didn't have any words for it," she said. "It was just shock. Just seeing everything my mom had worked for for 20 years ... was gone in 24 hours it was devastating

    Like many residents in the US Virgin Islands, Poleon is trying to pick up the pieces of her life left by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Both hurricanes were Category 5 storms when they hit, and both decimated the islands, within two weeks of each other

    The island of St. John has been without power since Hurricane Irma
    Only 33% of cellphone service has been restored

    (CNN)Do Re Mi Daycare on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands has been serving students for 20 years.
    But last week, Hurricane Maria threatened everything that Naima Poleon's family had worked for. Poleon, who took over the daycare this year so her mother could retire, ventured out after the storm to find large parts of the roof were gone. Water damage inside was extensive.
    "I really didn't have any words for it," she said. "It was just shock. Just seeing everything my mom had worked for for 20 years ... was gone in 24 hours."



    "It was devastating."


    Puerto Rico is under a flash flood watch as the wait for supplies drags on
    Like many residents in the US Virgin Islands, Poleon is trying to pick up the pieces of her life left by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Both hurricanes were Category 5 storms when they hit, and both decimated the islands, within two weeks of each other.

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    Irma knocked out the electricity for the islands of St. John and St. Thomas, while St. Croix was mercifully spared. But two weeks later, just as the the three islands that make up the US territory were recovering, Maria came back with a vengeance and devastated the power grid.
    The islands are still reeling. Many residents are without shelter, power or communication. Schools are still closed and debris still litters the street, hindering the transportation of resources and personnel.
    The humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico grips the country, but the destruction from the storms was widespread, and the US Virgin Islands are facing their own lengthy recovery.
    Many left without shelter
    Don Caetano, spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told CNN a big challenge for the recovery effort is simply getting supplies and personnel to places that need them.
    "You get the commodities in," Caetano said, "but you need the people to get the commodities where they need to go." There's still debris blocking roadways, he said, complicating the transportation of resources and personnel.
    Many of the more than 100,000 residents who live in the islands have been left without a place to stay after the storms destroyed their homes
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