Hurricane Irma is now at Category 1 status, but the danger to Florida residents continues as the storm moves up the state. Irma is making its way towards Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of about 135 kilometres an hour. The storm has left hazardous conditions and widespread flooding in its wake. More than 3.3-million homes and businesses across the state have lost power, and utility officials says it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.
Meanwhile, a B-C woman whose sister and mother are stranded in St. Maarten says Canadians trapped on the hurricane-battered Caribbean island are starting to lose hope that they will be able to leave any time soon. Wyncel Chan says her family received a text from the federal government yesterday, telling them that a Sunwing flight would be taking Canadians back home. But they were turned away at the tarmac because the plane was full.