FLORIDA DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE IRMA

MIAMI, Mon. Sept. 11 (BGM NEWS):- Hurricane Irma, packing winds of 130 mph and heavy rains slammed into Florida Sunday, leaving a trail of destruction across the third most populous state in the US.

Trees were uprooted, roofs were torn from buildings, power lines snapped and roads flooded by surging sea water. Five million people have been left without electricity while an unspecified amount are without water. Some of the hardest hit communities were along the Florida Keys. Naples, West Palm Beach, Fort Myres and along the northern coast up to Orlando, Gainesville and Tallahassee also saw the considerable damage. More than 6 million residents were forced to evacuate with thousands taken to shelters across the state. Five tornados were also reported across the state Sunday.

In Daytona police rescued 25 people from rising flood waters, while a mother and her 4 month old baby who were trapped in their house, were rescued by police in North Miami Beach.

More than 17,000 Army and National Guard personnel were deployed in search and rescue efforts, and airlines canceled thousands of flights in and out of the state.

As the sun rose Monday, scores of emergency personnel fanned out across the state to assess the damage left by the powerful storm. Authorities say it will take days and may be weeks before power is restored to the entire state.

Considered as one of the most powerful storms, Irma hit Florida after causing considerable damage across the Caribbean last week. It left 28 people dead across the region after flattening buildings and trees in places like Barbuda, the British Virgin Island, Antigua and Cuba.

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