Although Irma had considerably weakened as she passed through Cuba, from a Category 5 storm to a category two storm – and one that was not expected to gain intensity – her incredible destructive effect had become evident with the damage it caused even in the city which was not in its path: Miami. At 0000 hours Monday, the Atlantic Ocean had flooded much of the business and business area of downtown Miami. Following the governor’s request, the president of the United States announced that Florida would be declared a catastrophic zone. According to the latest data, the hurricane has dropped to category 1 (of a maximum of 5) and has already been downgraded to tropical storm category, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Even so, there were people in the street, defying wind gusts of more than 200 kilometers per hour and the danger of floods and unexpected waves. There are fallen trees in all the streets; others are flooded.