Hurricane Irma is now beginning to weaken as it passes over Florida and Georgia. The storm wreaked havoc on the Caribbean islands and on the entire Florida peninsual, and forced a mass exodus from the state on an unprecedented level.
Obviously, with such a strong storm, the TV networks were out reporting on the conditions in various places, including in the heart of the storm. CNN’s Sara Sidner had the unfortunate assignment of covering the storm in Daytona Beach, where winds and rain pummeled the area.
Sidner was barely holding on to a concrete wall during her report. The winds were so strong that it was difficult to understand what she was saying.
Watch for yourself:
“I’m having a hard time even talking to you because the wind is pushing on my face so hard,” she stated. “I’m holding on to a very strong concrete wall and we are standing on the Hilton Hotel as the gusts just blast away at Daytona Beach.”
“It is an incredible amount of wind for a human being to stand up in,” she added. “I’m a big strong lady and it’s definitely hard to stand straight up because of the wind shear.”
Daytona Beach is on Florida’s east coast, but the eye of the storm made landfall on the state’s west coast nearly 200 miles away; yet the incredibly strong winds were all the way there.
As of approximatley 8 am EDT, Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm. It will continue to weaken over land, but it still has a great deal of water to dump over that land before it is all said and done.
H/T Raw Story