Irma Death Toll Climbs To 11 As Storm Surges Flood Charleston And Savannah

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The National Hurricane Center downgraded Irma to a Tropical Depression late Monday night, but even in its weakened state, the storm continues to cause deadly storm surges and volatile winds as it travels through Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, flooding downtown Charleston, South Carolina and uprooting trees in Atlanta, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, authorities have confirmed 11 deaths from the storm.

According to Accuweather, even as the storm travels well inland from the coast, Irma will put many lives at risk in northern Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, where residents should anticipate severe flooding. Already, the storm has killed three people in Georgia and one in South Carolina, where a 57-year-old South Carolina man was fatally injured by a falling tree limb during the storm, Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley told CNN. The man was cutting downed limbs with a chainsaw outside of his home when he was struck.

Irma’s storm surge overwhelmed the Battery in the downtown Charleston where the Ashley and Cooper rivers meet. Charleston police asked residents to avoid downtown in anticipation of high tide. One resident captured the surge in this chilling video. Waters in Charleston Harbor peaked at nearly 10 feet, the city's third-highest reading ever, topping Hurricane Matthew in 2016, according to CNN.

A time-lapse video from CNN depicts the progression of the flooding in downtown Charleston:

Irma flooded portions of River Street in the tourist magnet city of Savannah, Georgia and forced police to temporarily shut Highway 80 leading to the barrier island community of Tybee Island.

As of Monday night, Irma was centered about 95 miles south of Atlanta, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Even as the storm has lost power, it continues to cover a vast area of more than 300 miles. In addition to heavy rain, some areas will have to worry about quick tornado spin-ups within Irma’s outer rain bands to the northeast of the storm’s center.

“These short-lived tornadoes will continue to develop across parts of South Carolina and Georgia on Monday," Kottlowski said.

Jacksonville, a city in northern Florida, also experienced historic flooding the likes of which haven’t been seen since the mid-nineteenth century.

Meanwhile, authorities in the Florida Keys, the southernmost part of the US where the storm first made landfall on Saturday, were not letting anyone go back in until their safety can be assured. One of those issues is a major concern about drinking and running water. Running water has been out in the area since Sunday. Officials said it will take time to inspect their aqueduct and start-up the running water, according to CBS.

Before the storm hit, Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest power company, announced it had hired thousands of out-of-state temporary workers to help repair any damage to the state’s power grid caused by Irma. That turned out to be a prescient move: the storm ultimately knocked out electricity service to 10 million Floridians – half the state’s population. The company has said that much of the southern state’s electricity infrastructure will need to be rebuilt, and that the process could take weeks, according to Reuters.

Now, those workers are being housed in cots set up inside BB&T Stadium in Broward County, home to the Florida panthers. In an interview with Reuters, Gus Beyersdorf, 40, of De Pere, Wisconsin, who was inspecting power lines in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, described the accommodations in colorful terms.  

“Each one of us has a cot, a single foot apart,” said Beyersdorf. “All you smell is feet and farts. I slept in the truck last night just to get a break from it.”

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Stan522's picture

Where did all those floridians flee to...?

Killtruck's picture

I sure hope it makes its way to PA...I need a new flat-screen TV.

BigJim's picture

<<<< God punishing Antifa

<<<< God punishing "Nazis"

Swampster's picture

So lots of places with elevations less than 10 feet got flooded during an overhyped dud hurricane?


What is the jew run media's angle, and why is ZH helping them out?

giovanni_f's picture

# of deaths: Cuba: 0, US: 10 and counting. Just saying.

BuddyEffed's picture

In both Florida and Texas those that were living paycheck to paycheck will be very hard pressed by these events.

Hongcha's picture

That's the thing.  Can't do EBT, can't keep state welfare paperwork in order.  Large grocery chains and distribution centers simply cannot run without computers.

There is nothing else you can do that is better than to prepare, prepare, prepare.  Then be ready to guard it.

SafelyGraze's picture

"Jacksonville, a city in northern Florida, also experienced historic flooding"

1. nice to have an explanation of where jacksonville is located. 40th most populous metro. zh readers probably never heard of it.

2. jacksonville named for slave-owning andrew jackson. city should be deprived of sports franchises and federal aid.


Killtruck's picture

Death toll in Cuba is 10. Not sure what the point was. 

HRClinton's picture

If Cuba had only 10 deaths, then it's a testament to their actions and resolve.

They took a prolonged Cat 5 beating, which reduced Irma to Cat 4 when it reached the Keys.

Had the USSA been hit with the force (180-190 mph winds), it would have been "tits up" for thousands of pampered 'Mericans.

Cubans deserve our respect. 

hoos bin pharteen's picture

If you believe only ten Cubans died, there is a bridge in Havana I'd like to sell you.  Communists lie.

A. Boaty's picture

I remember a time when weather reports didn't have a political angle. Now when I decide if I need rain gear, I also have to take ideological considerations into account.

If you like DIY, you can set up your own weather station. Get some meteorological instruments, i.e., barometer, thermometer, altimeter/weather-vane, rain gauge should do it. Look at the sky. Take measurements. Keep records. Look for patterns. Make predictions. Those into technical analysis should dig this big time. You have the added advantage of using data points you calculate yourself.

Or, you can get a marine radio and tune in the National Weather Service in your area, if it doesn't sound like a commie plot.

Paul Kersey's picture

The damage from these two hurricanes will probably cost over $200 billion to fix. Eleven Americans are dead so far, millions of Americans are living in limbo, many will return to unlivable homes, the massive flooding is a breeding ground for bacteria and disease, and you call this "overhyped". Swampster is a good screen name for you, because you have the heart of an alligator and the soul of a mosquito. If you really hate Americans from the south so much, perhaps you should relocate to North Korea or North Jersey.

Paul Kersey's picture

Highly leveraged landlords in Florida, devoid of rent payments, may not be able to make their mortgage payments. There will be no help for them, leaving an opening for hedge funds like Blackstone to swoop in and buy those properties for huge discounts and Federal Government financial support.

giovanni_f's picture

"Highly leveraged landlords in Florida". Looks like the position is underwater right now.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

SURVEY TIME ... Do you believe these storms represent a message from GOD?

>>> YES

>>> NO

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Please specify which deity you are referring to.


HRClinton's picture

Which God?***  Lemme see...

Mithra, the Zoroaster sky God

Ra, the All-Father God

Shiva, the Destroyer

Kalim the Goddess of Death

Poseidon, the God of the Sea

Thor, the God of Thunder

Baal, the God of gods of ME tribes

Yahweh, the Desert All-Father God (wandering He-brew tribes)

Allah, the Desert All-Father God (Arab tribes)

Quetzalcoatl, Aztec God

Illapa or Kon (Inca gods of thunder & lightning, and wind & rain, respectively)

Chac, the Mayan God of Thunder, wind, rain

Manitou, the All-Father sky God of American Natives 

Thermodynamics, one of the gods of Mother Nature


OMG.  So many Gods to pick from. So many subscriptions and lifetime memberships to pick from. Decisions, decisions.

*** The 2 questions originally posed by Richard Dawkins.. (2'55"" mark)

       1. Which God are you?

       2. Why did you take such great pains to conceal yourseld and to hide away from us? (When no " chosen & accredited" middlemen were present)

BeansMcGreens's picture

The message is found in Matthew 7:24-27 from Jesus himself.


Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

wtf1369's picture

A lot of em ended up in Columbia SC. Funny thing, I'm told by a buddy who lives in Tampa that his place never even lost power.

benlomand's picture

We had power until 2:30 am in St. Petersburg.

None since, but the trusty generator.

ich1baN's picture

We went mostly where the storm completely avoided parts of Florida. Panama City and pensacola.... people forget Florida is the longest stare on the mainland (yes, even longer than California), and has 2 time zones.

Moving and Grooving's picture

'Where did all those floridians flee to...?'




shimmy's picture

If the guy cutting tree limbs had one of the limbs he was cutting fall on him then that's on him and not the storm. 

Boscovius's picture

Dumbass was cutting during the storm.

new game's picture

heartfelt sympathy to the victums of this epic disaster...

Totally_Disillusioned's picture

Gov Scott and the entire Floridian county and city govts need to be lauded for preemptively managing what could have been a horrific toll of human life.  Now constrast that with Chicago, Baltimore, LA...would have been a very different outcome.

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Loss of life can in Chicago, Detroit, LA, and Baltimore can be reduced to nothing by simply evacuating those cities?

Hopeless for Change's picture

By evacuating the dindu nuffins, yes. But then you poison the area where dey be stayin.

TabakLover's picture

Irma, 10 day campaign ad for Scott. 

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

At least Irma proves conclusively and without doubt that global warming/cooling/man caused climate change is fact and not fiction. Irma was/is a "nuclear" hurricane, unlike any that have materialized in the history of the world! It is time to take heed to the words of Algore and embrace the carbon tax. 

If society does not wake up soon and reduce its carbon footprint we can expect in the future more frequent and greater hurricanes with storm surges reaching 50-100 feet! Do we want that? We have to empty our brains now of any rational thought and address the issue or there will be no future generation.

CNN, ABC, CBS and Maxine Waters are excellent information sources for anyone who seriously wants to save the planet. 

Blanco Diablo's picture

"climate change is fact and not fiction", Courtesy of the Geo-Engineers.

Weather patterns to complete dominance of global communications and counterspace control.

nightshiftsucks's picture

Prove it clown,oh that's right you can't.If you're so concerned then go kill yourself.

djsmps's picture

Thank you for your comment. I have renewed respect for Maxine Waters.

BadSpybot's picture

You would think people commenting would recognize satire when they read it.

Amicus Curiae's picture

after MDB and slackjack people are just  fed up with what appeared to be another prowarmist rant

the /s is sometimes a good idea huh?

20-20 Hindsight's picture

The thing about sarcasm is that, in the end, you don't know whether you're getting:

A) upvotes because some fucked-up people  take the comments at face value and agree with them;

B) downvotes because some other fucked-up people take the comments at face value and disagree;

C) upvotes because some smarter people actually understand the sarcasm and find it hilarious; or

D) downvotes because some hyper-sensitive, thin-skinned individuals understand the sarcasm but just don't think it's funny.

Sarcasm can be such a head scratcher sometimes.  :-)



VideoEng_NC's picture

One up vote from me...classic. :o)

Blanco Diablo's picture

Overhyped storm did not equal Rahm's Chimpcago casualties. If we would only pay the Al Gore tax this would go away.

otschelnik's picture

Yea i was just thinking that the death toll from Irma is about the same as a 3-day weekend on Chicago's southside.

Swamp Yankee's picture

Beer: minus three days till it arrives here @ the swamp. 


Gonna need more beer.

benlomand's picture

Found some yesterday. Warm, but I have power at the house.......

youngman's picture

As always the weathermen got their 15 minutes of fame.....

adr's picture

Rivers flooding is not the same thing as a storm surge. What I noticed is that the intelligently built homes and buildings stayed dry. 

The eastern paet of the USA has been getting a lot of rainfall all year. Rivers were already high. 

How does a storm that is in the middle of Alabama cause storm surge on the coast two states to the east? Well it doesn't. 

The desperation to make this hurricane into something world ending that has never happened before in history is unbelievable. There was a shot of a downed tree that was shown at least a dozen times. I don't remember ten news crews covering the giant tree that fell near my house three months ago during a thunderstorm even though it knocked our power for 14 hours and closed my road for an entire day stranding everyone in my development. 

Oleander's picture

Tree companies travelled from as far as New England but alas NO GAS! There is no electricity so no pumps. They were sitting parked in a field waiting for someone to bring them diesel for trucks and gas for chainsaws. If Jose manages to keep it together and swipe the Northeast next week will there be enough generators and supplies there?