Good morning to you all. Political posting will be relatively light today with so much hurricane news flooding the wires (no pun intended) and no major stories breaking otherwise.
Irma continues to make its way along the Florida coast. It appears likely we will not see a “flattening” of a major American city with the storm falling to a cat 2. However, the storm surges and flooding seem to present a huge problem. Naples appears to have been inundated with a massive storm surge:
The new course by Irma poses a greater threat to the twin cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg, as well as Naples’ mansion- and yacht-lined canals, Sun City Center’s retirement homes, and Sanibel Island’s shell-filled beaches.
The course change from Florida’s east coast caught many off guard and triggered a major round of evacuations. Many west coast businesses had yet to put plywood or hurricane shutters on their windows, and some locals grumbled about the forecast.
“I’m terrified,” Nicole Manuel told the Tampa Bay Times. “I keep on hearing different things, different changes. How fast is it coming? When is it even coming? It’s different every time I see the TV.”
Nearly the entire Florida coastline remained under hurricane watches and warnings, and leery residents watched a projected track that could still shift to spare, or savage, parts of the state.
In its 8 p.m. ET advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Irma was about 15 miles east-northeast of Fort Meyers and about 30 miles southeast of Port Charlotte, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, and heading north at 14 mph.
Additionally, Marco Island was flooded, as you can see in the below tweets. Miami, which was flooded yesterday, is starting to see the waters recede there. Hopefully, the damage in these places won’t be too bad with the storm’s power reduced to Category 2.
Marco Island before and after #marcoisland #hurricaneirma2017
This is downtown #Miami as #Irma blew the bay into the Brickell Ave. area. The surge is starting to recede as the wind shifts. https://t.co/MZoIVYc7aW