Florida governor as Irma hits southern part of state: “Pray for us”

Hurricane Irma hit South Florida Sunday morning, killing at least one person in Monroe County. Meanwhile, Miami Beach announced that due to the harsh weather conditions, its rescue teams are no longer responding to emergency calls.
Irma hits Florida Photo Credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News

At around 7:00 AM (local time), Hurricane Irma started to pound South Florida. Strong winds, heavy rainfall and tornado sightings were reported early Sunday morning. Millions of Floridians fled their homes over the past few days. So far, 600,000 in South Florida are without power. In Miami, the flood water in the streets is rising.

US media outlets have reported that at least one person in South Florida was killed by Irma. Due to the strong winds, a tree collapsed onto the man’s truck while he was driving in Monroe County.

“I’ve talked to the president pretty much every day,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said. “He said, ‘I'll provide whatever resources you need.’ They have done everything I’ve asked for. They’ve waived regulations to house good fuel here. They’ve brought in emergency medical teams. He’s got thousands of people ready to help us respond.”

“He said that same thing I said, the biggest thing you can do right now is pray for us,” Scott continued. “We always try to do everything to get prepared.”

Meanwhile, Miami Beach announced that due to the harsh weather conditions, its rescue teams are no longer responding to emergency calls. “Stay inside and Stay safe until the storm has passed,” the city tweeted.



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