Hurricane Irma: ‘Life threatening storm surge expected in Florida – Updates

Hurricane Irma


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Some of those who have fled Florida are very pessimistic about what they will be returning to once Hurricane Irma subsides. Tom Durr, a 66-year-old retired physician and his wife, Lorraine, fled their house in Englewood, between Fort Myers and Sarasota near where the eye of the hurricane is forecast to makes landfall.

The left for a small farm they own in North Carolina on Tuesday, but Durr told Reuters he does not expect much to be left when they return.  “It will be a nice waterfront lot in sunny Florida with no house, no trees, no cars, no boats and an amazing view of devastation as far as you can see,” he said.

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