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Man sends texts as Irma passes through his area

7 months 1 week 2 days ago Sunday, September 10 2017 Sep 10, 2017 September 10, 2017 7:32 PM September 10, 2017 in News
Source: APNewsNow
By: Associated Press
This image made available by John Huston shows the pool underwater at his house as storm surge goes over his dock in Key Largo, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Announcing itself with roaring 130 mph winds, Hurricane Irma plowed into the mostly emptied-out Florida Keys early Sunday
KEY LARGO, Fla. - John Huston is riding out the storm in his house on Key Largo, Florida, where he's lived since 1993. His neighborhood is on the Atlantic side of the island, just south of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
  
He's been sharing his experience via text message with The Associated Press on Sunday morning, as Hurricane Irma comes ashore in the island chain.
  
His unedited dispatches:
  
7:23 a.m.: Its blowing with gusts up to about 90. Water level is higher today. Incredible wind that wont stop
  
9 a.m.: My street is 3ft deep.
  
9:04 a.m.: Swimming pool under water
  
9:38 a.m.: My ground slab is 5.5 ft above mean high tide and its 1 foot under
  
11:05 a.m.: 100 mph gusts. Small boats floating down the street next to furniture and refrigerators. Very noisy. I got 4 cars all underwater n still 1.5 hrs till hi tide. Shingles are coming off n minor leaks in the house. Im 76 miles from the eye. I feel sorry for them
  
11:13 a.m.: Getting worse. Water n winds, whiteout
  
12:44 p.m.: Still whiteout, 100 plus. Roof is leaking on spots.
  
12:45 p.m: Send cold beer. LOL
  
12:47 p.m.: Wind has shifted from the south some n water droped 3 inches. They say the gulf side of largo is dry. Its normally 8 ft deep.
  
12:47 p.m.: Im on the ocean side.
  
12:49 p.m.: Got water dripping from my paddle fans
  
12:53 p.m.: Tide is going out now so it should drop a foot or two.
  
6:04 p.m.: Getting nice now. Maybe 40 mph. What a mess.
  
6:07 p.m.: Main structures look ok. Just the ground levels are a mess.

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