Florida Staggers From Rescue Operations Toward Recovery

Southern Florida staggered from rescue toward recuperation Tuesday morning as tropical storm Irma bore north, forcing evacuations in coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Florida Power and Light said it has organized the largest restoration brigade ever assembled in the United States: more than 19,000 line workers, arborists and other technicians, though power may not be restored for weeks to all of the more than 6 million Floridians still in the dark.

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Weakened Irma Moves Northwest After Battering Florida

Living up to the fearsome predictions, Hurricane Irma bore down on Tampa and its 3 million residents early Monday and governors as far away as North Carolina declared states of emergency. As the hurricane’s eye passed over Naples and Fort Myers, where as in Tampa curfews have been declared, residents were warned that the worst was yet to come, as the storm’s winds, rotating counterclockwise, were about to change directions behind the eye and push billions of gallons of Gulf waters onto the streets.

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Hurricane Irma, as Seen From the International Space Station

Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history, slammed into the Caribbean packing sustained winds of 185 mph and is now taking aim at the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. This photo, taken from the International Space Station on Tuesday, shows the size of the storm and its exceptionally well-defined eye.

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Leaving 20 Dead in Texas, Harvey Blows Into Louisiana

Tropical Storm Harvey is flooding southern Louisiana after dumping a record-breaking 51 inches of rain on Houston — 26 inches of it on Tuesday — leaving more than 20 people dead, 10,000 sheltering in a downtown convention center and hundreds of thousands of evacuees wondering what has become of their homes.

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