Some rain, wind in forecast for West Virginia courtesy of Irma

Upstate timeline for Irma's damaging wind and heavy rain

More than 300,000 customers in Georgia had no electricity, Georgia Power said, and forecasters expect tropical storm-force winds and flash foods to hammer the state well into Tuesday, spurring creeks to rise, trees to topple and streets to flood. If the storm moved into the Gulf of Mexico, Masters said that surge could lean more towards 8 feet. In contrast, we anticipate the damage on Florida's East Coast to be less severe, allowing for a restoration effort that may be completed within days of the storm passing. Government forecasters said up to 38cm of rain was possible in some areas as it crossed the eastern Florida Panhandle and moved into southern Georgia.

In one of the country's largest evacuations, about 5.6 million people in Florida - more than one-quarter of the state's population - were ordered to leave, and another 540,000 were ordered out on the Georgia coast. Mitsy says they are staying put because most of the shelters do not take dogs. "If you have any damage or water getting into your house and you have to wait for two or three weeks to come back, then your house will be completely damaged by the time you come back to Florida".

N.C. Emergency Management and the American Red Cross and county emergency managers also opened shelters in the following locations. "To the public in their homes who are trying to ride out this storm, we urge you to not get on the roads until you have been given clearance by everyone who is required to give clearance".

More than 50,000 people had signed up by Sunday after 22-year Ryon Edwards of Daytona Beach posted the invitation with the note, "YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST". St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue has also suspended emergency services due to unsafe weather conditions. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in SC.

But on Saturday, all that changed when Irma's course shifted.

The woman, who hasn't been identified publicly, first called emergency services at 3:23 a.m. on Sunday morning to report that she was in labor.


Forecast models aren't sure what will happen to the system after Friday but Porter speculates that where Irma ends up could play a crucial role in Jose's path.

Weatherunderground's Jeff Masters said a strike on the west Florida coast was the most likely option.

While considering how the city would react, Buckhorn quoted boxer Mike Tyson, saying, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face". "We are trying to do everything that we can to get people safe", he said.

"I will tell you in no uncertain terms - and I am not going to sugarcoat it - this is going to be a hard storm", Buckhorn said at the news conference.

"So look out for your neighbors, take care of each other", he said.

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