During that storm, "I lived the experience of feeling that I was inside a blender", she said.
- More than 17,000 customers have already lost power in Savannah, Georgia.
Last October, Hurricane Matthew knocked out 1.2 million FPL customers as it skirted Florida's east coast without making landfall. The National Hurricane Center quickly responded to this disturbance with "Hurricane #Irmamakes landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys".
- Almost 4 million electric customers are without power across Florida, according to utility companies.
Irma is expected to weaken into a tropical storm over far northern Florida or southern Georgia later on Monday but first its centre will continue to move over the western Florida peninsula, the NHC said.
The "cone of uncertainty", as it is known, shows the most likely path for the storm and has been a reference point for days, as the hurricane left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean and bore down on Florida. The Sarasota-Manatee area could receive one to three feet of above ground level water and 6.75 inches of rain through Tuesday. "It was was like, 'Oh my God, what is going to happen?"'
During its march up Florida's west coast, Irma swamped homes, uprooted trees, flooded streets, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes.
And more than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in Orange County, just outside the city of Orlando, as floodwaters started to pour in. And so it's going to ... take us a little bit longer to do everything we care to do after a storm because we have to bring the assets south.
Despite Threat, Some Choosing to Ride Out Hurricane Irma at Home
The whole of the southern tip of Florida has seen high winds, driving rain and storm surges.
"We have seen significant numbers of evacuees stopping at our interstate visitor centers and rest areas seeking lodging, and there are few hotel rooms remaining available", said NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. "Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through".
North-eastern Florida cities including Jacksonville were facing flash flooding, with the sheriff's office pulling residents from waist-deep water. "If you're outside, get inside and shelter in place". Its outer bands were also blowing into Georgia, where the storm's center was expected to arrive later in the day.
Miami and other heavily populated areas of southeastern Florida are on the worst side of the storm.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the situation was not as bad as it could have been, but warned residents that unsafe storm surge continued.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Irma's wrath is unprecedented, warning that storm surges could be deadly.
There will be heavy rain accumulations into Wednesday in parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina, forecasters said.
Santiago couldn't say much to Brekke because of a language barrier, but that didn't stop him from helping someone in need. Ms Brekke said she was "overwhelmed" by Mr Santiago's generosity. "He's helping our family".
Their confidence and resilience has been strong all season, and there's no reason to believe that will change any time soon. As the Brewers have shown all year though, baseball isn't always driven by talent.
North Korea says it needs its weapons to protect itself from US aggression and regularly threatens to destroy the United States. However, senior members of his administration have made clear that the door to a diplomatic solution is still open.
Officials have blamed insurgents and Rohingya themselves for burning villages to draw global attention to their cause. Instead, it blames Rohingya militants of committing the atrocities, including burning their own villages.
He said UNSC must act to stop North Korea from continuing such actions and should put maximum pressure to change its policy. North Koreans remember the 2003 USA invasion of Iraq over Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons programme, Mr Putin reasoned.
The little prince, who will be known as George Cambridge at school, started with a half day to ease him into his new routine. Art, ballet, drama, IT, French, music and PE are all on the curriculum taught by specialist teachers from day one.
Miss Texas Margana Wood gave a shout-out to her flooded hometown, Houston; she won Wednesday night's swimsuit preliminary. As if being a future lawyer isn't enough, Mund is socially aware and conscious of the many problems facing the U.S.
Roth said the estimated annual GDP loss in SC if DACA recipients lose their work permits would be about $265 million dollars. The average hourly wage of those who worked before DACA was $10.29; the average hourly wage of those who work now is $17.46.
His daughter was even caught off guard by the comment, visibly wincing as she made her way onto the stage. "Come up. She said, 'Dad, can I come with you.' Actually she said 'Daddy , can I go with you?' I like that".
Rising tensions between the US and North Korea have weighed on stocks in recent weeks and raised the prices of gold and bonds. In foreign exchange, the European single currency was trading down at $1.1978 compared with $1.2030 late in NY on Friday.
In the video, which was obtained by the Washington Post , Donald Trump talked with Billy Bush about groping women. Steve Bannon: That would probably be too bombastic, even for me, but maybe in modern political history .
Rick Scott says at least 76,000 people are without power as Irma unleashes winds and rain on the state. On Sunday, Gould said its nuclear plants were safe.
Teva appoints new chief executive after months of speculation
Additionally Teva Pharmaceutical Industries recently announced a dividend that will be paid on Thursday September 14th, 2017. Hudock Capital Group LLC boosted its position in Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited by 37.6% in the second quarter.
Supreme Court agrees to temporary block on new refugees
Under the terms of Trump's order, the 90-day travel ban would end before the arguments even happen - on September 27. The government had asked for a "temporary administrative stay" to give the justices time to consider the issue.
Lady Gaga 'taking a rest' from music
In a new documentary, the singer reveals that at the time of the split in July 2016, she and Kinney were not in a great place. The Netflix film Gaga: Five Foot Two is an intimate look into the personal life of Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Germanotta.
Policeman's body found in Mexico, quake toll 65
Though seismic activity is common in Mexico , officials said Thursday's quake was the strongest to hit the country in 100 years. Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, whose movement makes it one of the most seismically active countries in the world.
Terrorist attack police party, one cop killed
The SHO had reportedly requisitioned a bullet-proof vehicle in view of the danger posed by terrorists, but was not provided one. Siah said the reason they met the minister this time was that the tourism industry had been battered by two years of unrest.
Nadal vs. del Potro, Carreno Busta vs
Across the first five rounds, he has dropped just two sets and played dominant tennis everytime he stepped on the court. If he starts strong and gets some momentum, he might be able to take the first set, but that'll be it.
Korea PM: North may launch ICBM Saturday
A leading missile expert told Fox News the U.S. would have only minutes to decide whether to shoot down a North Korea missile. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang also provides consular services for the United States, Australia and Canada.
NATO Forces Apologize For 'Highly Offensive' Leaflet
Pakistan believes the path to Afghan reconciliation goes through Islamabad and requires power-sharing with the Taliban. With his Afghan policy, Trump has revived the fight-fight approach as the war in Afghanistan comes full circle.
Manson follower Leslie Van Houten granted parole by CA board
From left, Manson followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk into a morning court session in 1970. Since being jailed more than 40 years ago, Van Houten has earned college degrees and reportedly has been a model prisoner.
Missing Minnesota Teen Found Safe, Three Arrested
The girl's harrowing ordeal began on August 8 when a family friend asked her for help outside her home in Alexandria , Minnesota . They are Thomas Barker , 32, of Carlos, Minn.; Steven Powers , 20, of Mankato, Minn.; and Joshua Holby , 31, of Carlos.