Hurricane Irma dumps rain, wind on Tampa Bay area Video

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That is a live look athurricane Irma hitting Jacksonville. It’s been spitting over there the last 24 hours moving north. It has already caused so much destruction. Water overtaking roads. Some buildings destroyed. More than 5 million without power this morning. Here’s what else we know at this hour. Hurricane Irma is deadly. It has killed at least five people in Florida. 27 across the caribbean. Now a category 1 storm with winds of 75 miles per hour and president trump says he will visit Florida, quote, very soon. We want to go to our senior meteorologist rob Marciano in Sarasota and how did Sarasota do last night, rob? You know, could have been worse, George. But the wins are still ripping here and what was a reverse or negative storm surge yesterday has come back in ferociously. This isn’t the gulf of Mexico. This is saratoga bay. They’re crashing against that coast guard station. There’s been power flashes throughout the city. Still some spots without power here but this is such a big storm and widespread across the state getting reports out of Jacksonville that are urgent and Orlando just west of Orlando in Orange county, 120 homes had to be evacuated late last night and early this morning from heavy rain. Nearly 8 inches of rain falling there and also not far from that area an entire department building had to be evacuated. A 60-foot sinkhole in west Orange county just to the west of Orlando there. The to top that off, they had hurricane wind gusts in Orlando as well. Near that in Jacksonville right now with a record storm surge happening there, we have tropical storm-force winds that now extend across nearly 600 miles. This storm may be weakening, but it is expanding and growing and now even more Americans are in play, especially across northern Florida getting into Georgia and you see that rain shield and the winds whipping into Georgia as well. So, Irma far from over, George, as we roll through today, day two of Irma after landfall yesterday morning. So, rob, it’s still covering a very wide area even though it’s weakening. Does that mean it’s starting to break apart? Well, it’s just morphing and starting to interact with features on the weather map basically that are in the northeast and high pressure that’s kind of squeezing and amplifying some wind and ripping it off the atlantic ocean and typically as these things get north in latitude and make landfall, they will spread out…

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