Hurricane Irma’s damage to the Florida Keys Destroyed trailers at the Seabreeze trailer park along the Overseas Highway in the As the death toll from Hurricane Irma climbs to 23 in the United States, residents of the Florida Keys are returning to a much different landscape than the one they left last week. As many as 25 percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday evening, and as many as 65 percent of homes suffered major damage.According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 90 percent of homes in the Florida Keys suffered some damage. Monroe County officials on Tuesday night were quick to counter FEMA estimates, saying no official estimates of percentages or dollar amounts of damages had been done.“Things look real damaged from the air, but when you clear the trees and all the debris, it’s not much damage to the houses,” Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said in a statement released by the county Tuesday night.Search-and-rescue teams are still going door to door in the hardest hit areas of the Keys, including Big Pine Key and Cudjoe Key, where Irma came ashore.Keys residents are now returning to their homes, with the Florida Department of Transportation saying all 42 bridges along U.S. 1 — the only road into and out of the Keys — have been inspected and cleared. Amenities are another story, however. Monroe County officials say gas is “limited” and AT&T was working to restore cellphone service.The Lower Keys are still completely without power, but the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, which provides service to the Upper Keys, says about 30 percent of the region does now have electricity. Some areas, mostly in the Upper Keys, have water, but food and water distribution stations have been set up in Key West. Anyone who does have water is being asked to boil it before drinking or cooking.
Typhoon Talim veers away from Taiwan, moves towards Japan Sandbags are prepared ahead of Typhoon Talim in a landmark building Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuTAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will lift a shipping warning later on Thursday after Typhoon Talim veered away from the island and moved towards Japan but the capital, Taipei, and other cities can expect heavy rains from the storm, meteorologists said.Some flight cancellations could also still be expected as northern Taiwan is lashed by heavy rain.Related SearchesTyphoon Talim ShanghaiTyphoon Talim 2017Tropical Storm TalimTyphoon In ChinaTalim had gained in strength since Wednesday as it approached Taiwan’s northern cities, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), but it has now shifted north and will not make landfall in Taiwan.It also might not hit the Chinese mainland as it veers towards Japan, the bureau said.Japan’s southern Ryukyu Islands have begun to feel the effects, with reports that strong winds and heavy rainfall have caused power outages as the typhoon churns in the sea between Taiwan and Japan with maximum sustained wind speeds at sea of 173 km/h (107 mph) and gusts of up to 209 km/h (130 mph).The bureau said bad weather associated with the storm will still be felt in the north and northeast of Taiwan on Thursday.”The effects of Talim have been less severe than many international weather authorities predicted, including those of us in Taiwan, the U.S., China and Japan,” said CWB forecaster Wang Chun-hsien.Talim had been expected to move towards China, where more than 200,000 people in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces have been evacuated, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.The CWB’s current forecast projected the storm to veer northeast towards Japan’s western coast. However, it could change course again.China Airlines and EVA Airways, Taiwan’s two largest carriers, said they would cancel some international flights later on Thursday due to the storm’s proximity.Typhoons are a seasonal routine for Taiwan, but the island has stepped up preparations since Typhoon Morakat in 2009. Morakat was the deadliest typhoon to hit the island in recorded history, killing close to 700 people, most in landslides.(Reporting by Faith Hung; Editing by Paul Tait)
Hurricane Jose strengthens slightly 500 miles south of Bermuda: NHC(Reuters) – Hurricane Jose has strengthened slightly as it slowly moves westward, but it could gradually weaken into a tropical storm over the next couple of days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday. The hurricane is now about 495 miles (800 km) south of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), the NHC said.(Reporting by Arpan Varghese in BENGALURU; Editing by Tom Hogue)
Tropical storm Max forms off Mexico’s Pacific coastMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tropical storm Max formed on Wednesday off Mexico’s Pacific coast, but it was not expected to gain much strength before making landfall near the resort of Acapulco on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Max was located about 105 miles (170 km) west-southwest from Acapulco with winds of 45 mph (75 kph), the Miami-based center said. Heavy rains from the storm may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, the center said.A tropical storm warning was in effect across most of the coast of the state of Guerrero, from Zihuatanejo to Punta Maldonado.(Reporting by Michael O’Boyle; Editing by Sandra Maler)
NASA Aerial Survey Shows Hurricane Irma’s Damage to Kennedy Space CenterSarah Lewin Space.com Associate EditorThis article was updated at 5:28 p.m. after learning that Kennedy Space Center will remain closed Thursday, Sept. 14.Related SearchesKennedy Space CenterCape Canaveral Space CenterHurricane Irma NASASurvey photos from the air and the ground reveal the damage that Hurricane Irma, which tore through Florida starting Sept. 10, dealt to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The storm is now a post-tropical cyclone heading northward. The space center in Cape Canaveral, Florida remains closed today (Sept. 13) and will be closed Sept. 14 as well as its damage assessment and recovery team (DART) — joined by KSC’s director, Bob Cabana — continues to catalog and mitigate the damage caused by the storm’s intense winds and rainfall. NASA closed KSC on Friday (Sept. 8) as Irma approached Florida. [In Photos: Hurricane Irma Damage at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center]View photos A trailer is seen flipped on its side near NASA’s massive Vehicle Assembly Building in this photo of Hurricane Irma damage at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida taken on Sept. 12, 2017 during a damage assessment. The storm passed over the space center on Sept. 10. Bill White/NASAAccording to a NASA blog post, the team will put together a damage-assessment report over the next few weeks after a full inspection is complete. KSC has had electricity for the past few days, but it’s still without running water.View photosThe recreational facility KARS Park I is flooded at Kennedy Space Center in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Bill White/NASAThe new images and video show a space center with pools of standing water in wooded areas, torn-up roofs, a broken dock and even some damage to the Beach House, where astronauts would reside before their launches. (However, the damage to the Beach House is not as extensive as it was after Hurricane Matthew.)View photosNASA’s historic Beach House — where astronauts reside before launching on space missions from Kennedy Space Center in Florida — after Hurricane Irma. Bill White/NASAYesterday (Sept. 12), the 250 DART members replaced the 120-person „ride-out team,” which weathered the storm as the center’s caretakers after it closed. Besides the visible damage cataloged in the aerial survey, there were at least 37 break in the utility system.View photosDamage from Hurricane Irma to a dock at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is seen in this image from a damage assessment on Sept. 12, 2017 at the Cape Canaveral, Florida spaceport. The massive Vehicle Assembly Building is visible in the distance. Bill White/NASAEmail Sarah Lewin at email@example.com or follow her @SarahExplains. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com.
These flamingos evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma in a single-file line will make your day Travel Leisure MagazinThese flamingos evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma in a single-file line will make your dayThe flamingos at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, made an orderly evacuation ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival in the style of “Fantasia 2000.”In a neat procession, the 250 Caribbean and Chilean flamingos from the Florida theme park followed a zookeeper to a safe enclosure to weather out the storm.FollowBay News 9 @BN9„Single-file line, just like in elementary school!” Flamingos being moved to safe areas at @BuschGardens.Related article: Richard Branson details “traumatic” experience riding out Hurricane IrmaThe flamingos were just a handful of the 12,000 animals that Busch Gardens moved to secure locations ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival in Florida. A zoological team remained onsite to ensure care for the animals while the storm outside rages.Teams at the Miami Zoo and the Florida Museum of Natural History all prepared for the hurricane by evacuating animals and securing exhibits.Related article: When Disney World will reopen after Hurricane IrmaHowever, not all the animals across the state were moved inside. Species who are native to storm-prone zones have developed natural instincts to help them survive the storm. And moving them inside can cause unnecessary stress.The alligators at Florida’s Gatorland in Orlando will remain outside during the storm. The alligators can sink to the bottom of their swamp and emerge when the hurricane passes. Two eight-foot fences will prevent the alligators from leaving their enclosure.This article originally appeared in Travelandleisure.com