Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and made it’s way through Florida, causing millions to be without power and many were properties were badly damaged. Irma hit hard in Florida, in areas such as Miami, Jacksonville, the Marco Island, and more. On Monday, the hurricane downgraded to a tropical depression and moved up Florida and into Georgia and the surrounding states.
Irma first made landfall in the United States on Sunday at around 9:10 a.m. as the storm entered Cudjoe Key just east of Key West, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and a central pressure of 929 millibars.
Despite that Irma has downgraded to a tropical depression doesn’t mean that the storm isn’t still fierce. Record flooding followed in the St. Simons Island Pier as a result of storm surges. The Georgia coast, in particular, got hit hard with severe flooding, including on St. Simons Island and in Brunswick. Look below to see a video of incredible flooding at White Point Garden in downtown Charleston, Georgia.
This storm broke a record in Jacksonville, Florida. A gauge on the St. John’s River near Main Street Bridge surpassed its previously record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964. As a result, extensive flooding of roads and structures occurred in the surrounding area. Along the St. John’s River at the Interstate 295 bridge, a storm surge of nearly six feet was recorded.