Flood waters in Jacksonville, Florida, are at their highest ever because of Hurricane Irma

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Christopher Hong/Twitter

Hurricane Irma has set an all-new record on flooding in northeastern Florida, the National Weather Service said on Monday morning.

Floods reached 5.03 feet (60.4 inches) in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday morning local time (EDT) – surpassing the previous record set by Hurricane Dora, which left 4.1 feet (49 inches) of water in the city in 1964.

Jacksonville flood waters record

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A graph from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showing the flood levels in Jacksonville, FL.
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Dora ravaged Florida from September 10 to 14, 1964 after travelling from the Atlantic. Forty-three homes along the Floridian coast were lost to that storm, with 20 swept to sea, according to the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Christopher Hong, a reporter for the Florida Times-Union, tweeted these videos of downtown Jacksonville on Monday morning:

Hogan Street near river indowntown flooded #hurricaneimrapic.twitter.com/LJDGIX3BiM

#hurricaneimrapic.twitter.com/LJDGIX3BiMSeptember11, 2017

#hurricanelrmain downtown Jacksonville pic.twitter.com/CNWxKGjAiH

#hurricanelrmapic.twitter.com/CNWxKGjAiHSeptember11, 2017

Irma, which hit the southeastern US state on Sunday morning, has wiped out electricity to some 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida and neighbouring state Georgia, Reuters reported state and local utilities officials as saying.

Irma, which first hit Florida as a Category 4 storm – the second-highest designation – was forecasted to weaken to a tropical storm on Monday and to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon, the US National Hurricane Center said.

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