Conditions deteriorate in Florida from Hurricane Irma

Bunking down on Necker Island as Hurricane Irma approaches

Bunking down on Necker Island as Hurricane Irma approaches

The hurricane has been slightly downgraded to a Category 4 as its center moves near Cuba's north coast Saturday before hurtling toward the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and the southwest coast of the state later Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center. "But I'm also very concerned about the storm surge", Florida Governor Rick Scott said on CBS' Face the Nation.

At least half a million people already are without power in the state, and some 50,000 people are in shelters.

Irma - one of the strongest storms ever recorded on the Atlantic - has killed at least 24 people in the Caribbean islands, according to CNN.

St. Martin, which is divided between France and the Netherlands, saw around 70 percent of the infrastructure destroyed on the Dutch side following Hurricane Irma, officials said. One homeless man who sat on a bench in a promenade that ends at the sea showed no fear, and was unwilling to evacuate.

This was a meager consolation for places rendered all but uninhabitable from Irma, which hit some of the Leeward Islands as a rare Category 5 powerhouse.

A day after hitting Cuba's northern coast, Irma was on a path that would take it along Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast near population centers including Tampa and St Petersburg, it said.

More than a million people were evacuated in Cuba with the storm causing significant damage with waves up to 9 meters high reported with widespread flooding.

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Water flows out of the Miami River to flood a walkway as Hurricane Irma hits Miami on Sept. 10, 2017.

The city's crane warning is just the most surprising reminder that Hurricane Irma could be an unprecedented test for Miami-Dade County.

Numerous studies have predicted that storm surges will become more frequent and deadly as the planet warms.

Ryon Edwards has told the BBC: "A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event".

After striking the Keys, the centre of the hurricane, known as the eye, made its way up the southwestern coast of Florida.

The phenomenon occurred in the Bahamas too... "This is so important to families' safety".

Fox News was in Miami Beach and came across a guy who actually knew what he was talking about. The warnings are in effect for 36 hours over Saturday and Sunday.

Four concurrent tornado warnings have been issued for parts of Brevard, Seminole, Volusia and Orange counties.

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