In the U.S. state of Florida for more than four days do not stop floods caused by torrential rains that brought the tropical storm "Debbie." Despite the fact that, having reached the coast of Florida on Tuesday, "Debbie" weakened to the level of the cyclone, there is still a threat of flooding of some areas of the state.
According to the forecasts of the American Center for Monitoring hurricanes over the next two days in Florida will drop more than 20 inches of precipitation. Floods can affect and south-eastern parts of Georgia.
Florida authorities announced the forced evacuation of about 20,000 people living in coastal areas. Currently without electricity are about 29 million homes, sometimes the water is at the level of the second floor, so the rescuers get to flooded homes by boat and helicopter, ITAR-TASS reported. Closed many road segments are fallen trees everywhere.
Chapter Clay County Fire Department Lorin Mock said: "The water level rose significantly in the last few hours, and today it is likely to continue to grow. For those who are still in their homes in these flooded areas, now is the time to think, it is safe Do be there. decision must be taken immediately, because tomorrow may announce a mandatory evacuation. "
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the state of emergency, which allows authorities to bring to eliminate the consequences of the disaster of U.S. National Guard troops, and also gives officials more authority at evacuation and distribution of aid to people in need.
Atmospheric phenomenon is classified as a storm and gets his own name when wind speed reaches its epicenter 63 kilometers per hour. At a wind speed 118 kilometers per hour and more storm becomes a hurricane. Traditionally, the hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June 1 to November 30.