Lee County: 'We were blessed' Hurricane Irma did not bring expected flooding

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As Irma continues to move out the winds will change direction and eventually all the water will return.

The greatly weakened low pressure area will slow down and linger over Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday as showers continue moving north into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. The hurricane, once a fearsome Category 5 when it smashed into Caribbean islands last week, had top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) late Monday afternoon. Generally speaking, we're going to see three to five inches of rain in the area.

A tornado destroyed six mobile homes in Palm Bay, and flooding was reported on I-4, which cuts across the middle of the state.

However, forecasters are warning that swells generated by Irma along the southeastern USA coast could still cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

Flash floods hit downtown Charleston, South Carolina, while almost 1 million people in Georgia lost power as the storm thumped the coast.

"If Tampa stays on the east side of the eye, we expect the storm surge to be worse than if the eye moves inland and the west side of the storm hits it", he said.

Brad Whitworth of Texas is riding the storm out in Tavernier, Florida, just south of Key Largo. "This is an extremely risky and life-threatening situation", the National Weather Service said as the storm closed in a second time near Naples. A high school in Homestead, a city in which 90 percent of its residents were without electricity on Monday, lost its roof.

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The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric and Gas report most of the outages Monday morning were in Beaufort and Charleston counties.

Hurricane Irma has weakened slightly as it brings a heavy rainfall to Florida it's still a significant threat to the southeast, including some possible effects here in SC.

Naples was among the Florida cities pummeled by Hurricane Irma on September 10 - coincidentally the same day that Hurricane Donna devastated Naples 57 years ago, according to David Fralick, the city's communications manager.

At least 7 million homes and businesses were left without power in the southeastern United States-mostly in Florida, Reuters reported, citing state and local utilities. Florida Governor Rick Scott had a special warning for Naples residents as storm surges are expected to reach 10 to 15 feet above sea level in the area.

Rude said the National Weather Service has many had reports of downed power lines, trees and localized flooding.

At least 25 people have been killed since Irma clobbered the Caribbean late last week. "In some cases the bridge structures may not be safe to cross over", Long said on MSNBC. There are more than 160,000 in shelters statewide.

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