7:30 a.m. Hurricane Irma sawed north via the Florida peninsula Monday morning, dumping large rain and imposing hurricane-pressure gusts all through the northeast portion of the state. The St. Johns River storm surge pushed water into the streets of downtown Jacksonville’s enterprise district — breaking its all-time report, with an extra improve anticipated — and chopping winds as excessive as eighty five mph felled timber, blocking roads, whereas houses throughout the state’s most populous metropolis reported flooding.
With hours to go till robust wind gusts subside, JEA reported greater than 267,000 clients with out energy. That doesn’t embrace the populous Seashores communities, the place there are little question many hundreds extra at the hours of darkness.
Main bridges in Jacksonville are closed and won’t re-open till circumstances alleviate, which doubtless gained’t start till the afternoon.
Residents ought to plan to remain in place for a while. The complete extent of injury throughout the area is just not clear, although there are indicators Irma might have prompted a multitude that exceeds Hurricane Matthew final yr.
Search-and-rescue groups are pulling some individuals from flooded houses, although the extent and places of these operations are usually not clear.
The St. Johns River hit low tide round 6 a.m. A mixture of excessive tide round midday — tides have been unusually excessive due to the lunar cycle — and a shift in wind course to the south might trigger waters to rise one other 1 to 2 ft, in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service. The intersection of Hogan and Water streets seemed like an extension of the river.
Because the solar began to rise, photographs of flooded roads and fallen timber have been being posted to social media. In downtown, vibrant inexperienced flashes of sunshine on the horizon from blown transformers indicated extra energy outages are on the best way.
St. Augustine seemed to be beneath water.
Within the early hours Monday morning, a Clay County official despatched a discover to residents that the North and South Prongs of Black Creek have been rising a lot quicker than forecasted.
Mayor Lenny Curry will maintain a 9 a.m. information convention on the metropolis’s emergency operations middle in downtown. That would be the first official phrase on the extent of injury within the metropolis.
Jacksonville is the most important metropolis by space within the Continental United States, so assessing injury can be an arduous activity.
Irma had most sustained winds round seventy five mph and was shifting north-northwest at 18 mph. It was about 60 miles north of…