Irma aims full fury at Florida’s Gulf Coast, floods central Miami

FORT MYERS/MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Irma lashed the Gulf Coast of Florida with the brunt of its fury on Sunday afternoon, knocking out electricity to 2.5 million homes and businesses statewide while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers in Miami.

On Hurricane Bay, a Florida fisherman tries to ride out the storm

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – As the winds started to roar in Hurricane Bay, P.J. Pike jumped from a high dock down to his fishing boat and began lashing ropes to the mast.

In Irma prep, GasBuddy downloads increased 10x, nuclear reactors stayed online

Before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Key West, FL on Sunday morning, Floridians hustled to make final preparations in case the storm severed the critical transportation, communication, and power lines that keep modern life humming. That sent much of the state driving to gas stations to top off tanks in the event an escape was required. But many stations couldn’t meet the sudden demand, so fuel shortages and miles-long lines fast became a reality.

Enter GasBuddy, an app that crowd-sources gas prices for bargain hunters. The app helped locals search for well-stocked gas stations in the days leading up to Irma, earning an endorsement from Florida Governor Rick Scott last week. On Thursday it was downloaded 350,000 times, up from the app’s usual 30,000 installations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

GasBuddy even sent two of its gas analysts to Florida’s state capitol to help lawmakers there figure out where to direct relief gas supplies. The company, which was founded in 2000, has previous experience disseminating information during crises like superstorm Sandy in 2012, and recently Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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Irma batters Florida with high winds, rising floodwaters

FORT MYERS/MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Irma lost some strength as it pounded southern Florida on Sunday afternoon, but forecasts warned it would remain a powerful storm as it flooded Miami streets and knocked out power to about 2 million homes and businesses.

Crystal Palace: Why sacking Frank de Boer now would be madness – Chris Sutton

It would be utterly ridiculous if Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer loses his job after only four league games, says MOTD2 pundit Chris Sutton.