20th November 05:03 PM
Record flooding hits Jacksonville as Georgia braces for epic storm surge
By Lena Reece
Tuesday 12/09/2017
Hurricane Irma tears through the Caribbean (Photo: CNN).

Irma's rampage across Florida broke records in Jacksonville before heading north to torment Georgia and beyond.

Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the U.S, is grappling with a record storm surge and immense flooding.

The city's Memorial Park has turned into an unrecognizable lake.

Emergency workers in Daytona Beach rescued 25 people with a high‑water truck after they were suddenly caught in an onslaught of wind and rain.

Another 125 emergency rescues were made in less than an hour this morning in Orange County, home to Orlando ‑ an inland city to which many coastal residents had evacuated before the hurricane.

Now the entire Georgia coast is under a storm surge warning as Irma continues its destructive march north.

Relief operations are under way in Florida, as the extent of the damage from Hurricane Irma becomes clear.

Officials have warned of a humanitarian crisis in the islands of the Florida Keys.

Irma, which hit Florida as a category four hurricane yesterday, has now been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Irma has claimed at least 37 people in the Carribean and Florida.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said it was going to take some time before people could return to their homes.

Source: BBC and CNN

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