(N.Morgan) The beginning of the 2017 hurricane season has already wreaked 2 catastrophic storms that have left a trail of destruction and devastation in their wake.
The current hurricane, dubbed Irma, is continuing to tear up the west coast of Florida – with roof-ripping winds and gushing floodwaters leaving millions without power – after bearing down on the city of Tampa early today.
This “monster” storm measuring more than 400 miles wide was downgraded from category three to one on Monday morning, but still has maximum sustained winds of 85mph.
Warnings of hazardous storm surges remain in effect through vast swaths of the state from which six million people fled in one of the biggest evacuations in US history.
Huge numbers of properties in Naples, Florida, are under water Credit: Brian Emfinger/lSM
Photo above:Hurricane Irma’s Destruction in St. Martin Island
Eye of Hurricane Irma passes through Sarasota-Video
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Tonight a team of Lakeland Officers received a call in reference to a family stranded in the car that was submerged in about 4 feet of water in a ditch. Even though it was 12:30AM and the full strength of Hurricane Irma was about to hit Lakeland; our guys didn’t hesitate. They responded to Swindell Road in the MRAP vehicle which was able to travel in high water and withstand the intense winds.
In the car they found two adults and two small children, ages six months and ten months old. The water had reached the kids car seats. Thankfully… all were not injured and officers were able to safely get them out of the car for transport. With no injuries, they were taken to their house.
When you become a police officer you hope you make a difference in the lives of others. Tonight, there is no doubt these officers made a difference!
Drone captures aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Naples, Florida
Drone footage shows Hurricane Irma’s aftermath when it hit Naples, Florida, on Sunday evening. Via: CBS News
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This photo, taken at 164th and Gulf Blvd by Tampa Bay Times reporter, Kathryn Varn.
A downed tree on Court Street east of Missouri Avenue in Clearwater after Hurricane Irma on Sept. 11, 2017.
People walk past a building where the roof was blown off by Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Hurricane Irma’s eyewall slammed into the lower Florida Keys, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Tree fell on an apartment building near Magnolia Street West, displacing eight people. Four went to stay with family, four transported to local shelter. No injuries.
A car sits abandoned in storm surge along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sept. 10 10, 2017.
Hernando County Fire Rescue went to a Spring Hill house fire where people were believed to be trapped, even though they didn’t have to go during Hurricane Irma. The firefighters received the call late evening on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Lynne and Polk County Fire Rescue Paramedic James Tanner Schaill were trapped in their patrol vehicle.
Cubans recover their belongings after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on September 10, 2017.
View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on September 10, 2017. Residents of Cuba’s historic capital Havana were waist-deep in floodwaters after Hurricane Irma swept by.
This combination of pictures created on Sept. 7, 2017, shows panoramic photos taken on Sept. 6, 2017, of the Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, during and after the passage of Hurricane Irma.
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Jean (left) and Pierre( center) in the house where they work next to the sea in the neighborhood of Aviation, in Cap-Haitien on Sept. 7, 2017.
A man cleans trash after rains that have fallen during the night before the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on Sept. 7, 2017.
The sunrise is seen through the rain in Cap-Haitien on Sept. 7, 2017, 240 km from Port-au-Prince, as Hurricane Irma approaches.
A rescue team from the local emergency management agency inspects flooded areas after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 6, 2017.
Hurricane Irma damage and destruction in the Caribbean
Norma Walker says her family and friends in the Caribbean are just thankful they survived Hurricane Irma. (Ricardo Rojas/Reuters)
Mike Bettes in Eye of Hurricane Irma
The Weather Channel: Meteorologist Mike Bettes battles strong wins in Naples, FL during Hurricane Irma.
Ravaged French Caribbean islands brace for new hurricane
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Debris and trash is seen on a beach in Cap-Haitien on September 7, 2017, as Hurricane Irma approaches. (Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL, AFP/Getty Images)
Hurricane Irma has made landfall in Florida
A double tornado is seen hovering above the sea.
Double Tornado hurricane Irma in Florida
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A fallen tree crashes atop two cars on September 10, 2017 Miami, Florida
A tornado warning over Wellington, Florida was issued at 7:30 Saturday night as feeder bands from hurricane Irma pass over central Palm Beach County.
Image captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making
Homes were heavily damaged after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda. (Anika E. Kentish/Associated Press)
Homes Damaged, Destroyed By Hurricane Irma Near Homestead, Tavernier
CBS Miami’s David Sutta reports.
Popular Cruise Destination of St. Maarten Devastated after Hurricane Irma
A child plays in a puddle in the seaside slum of Port-au-Prince
Manatees Stranded by Hurricane Irma Rescued
FOX 4 Now: Two manatees were saved by a group of good samaritans after they were stranded by low waters caused by Hurricane Irma.
Damage wrought by Hurricane Irma in Villa Clara Province, Cuba, on Saturday. Credit Adalberto Roque/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The Saint Martin Airport has sustained major damage from Hurricane Irma.
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