Hurricane Irma slams into Florida, three dead

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2017 08:58:49


 

By Lalit K Jha,

WASHINGTON,

 

Around 120,000 Indian-Americans reside across Florida

The Indian embassy in the US has opened a round-the-clock helpline number and rushed senior
diplomats to Atlanta to lead relief efforts for Indian-Americans stuck in the region.The hotline number is 202-258-8819

HURRICANE Irma made landfall on Florida’s southern islands on Sunday and claimed three lives as millions of people, including thousands of Indian-Americans, evacuated the State in the wake of the storm that left a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean. Hurling 130 mph winds, Irma struck Florida Keys as it barrelled towards the US state’s west coast where millions of people have evacuated turning many places into ghost towns.


“There is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast, including the Florida Keys, where a storm surge warning is in effect,” the hurricane center said.


“The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected. This is a life-threatening situation,” it said. As the Category four storm bore down on Florida this morning, at least three deaths were reported in the State.


A man in Monroe County, which encompasses Key West, was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength, officials said.
Two other people, including a sheriff’s deputy, died in a car crash in the rain in Hardee County, officials said. The sheriff’s deputy, identified as Julie Bridges, was a 13-year veteran of the Hardee County force, Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier was quoted as saying by ABC News.


More than 6.3 million people were told to evacuate Florida, with warnings of a huge storm surge that would be “life-threatening” to anyone in its path.


Around 120,000 Indian-Americans reside across Florida while thousands of them live in the now-dangerous zones of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Indian-Americans in Atlanta and neighbouring areas on Sunday opened up their homes for their friends, families and community members from Florida, as catastrophic hurricane Irma made landfall on the state’s southern islands.


The Indian Embassy in the US has opened a round-the-clock helpline number and rushed senior diplomats to Atlanta to lead relief efforts for Indian-Americans stuck in the region. The hotline number is 202-258-8819.