The day after Hurricane Irma tore its way through Florida, many residents stepped out of shelters or their boarded-up homes on Monday to take a look at the devastation left behind. Many were surprised that it was not worse. As the resident returned to their homes, Irma pushed inland, leaving city streets in Orlando and Jacksonville underwater, and many Floridians without power.
While the storm may be over in Florida, and Irma may no longer be a hurricane, it is pushing into Georgia and South Carolina with heavy rains and winds. The rains are already causing problems with flooding in some parts of South Carolina.
In the Sunshine State, down trees and gas station lines as far as the eye could see greeted many residents. Over 7 million lost power and it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone who lost it. As the storm moves north, and the waters in Florida begin to recede, teams will begin search and rescue operations, looking for victims of Hurricane Irma. And with the flooding north, Georgia, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina are expecting heavy rains and strong winds, just not hurricane force winds.
By Cletus Dillwood