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Irma to dump 10 trillion gallons of rain on Florida, meteorologist says

Amount equals 500,000 gallons for every resident in Sunshine State

Hurricane Irma slams Miami, Florida on September 10, 2017.
Hurricane Irma slams Miami, Florida on September 10, 2017. (Copyright 2017 CNN)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A meteorologist calculates that Hurricane Irma will dump about 10 trillion gallons (38 trillion liters) of rain on Florida over a day-and-a-half time period. That's about 500,000 gallons (1.9 trillion liters) for every Florida resident.

Private meteorologist Ryan Maue, of WeatherBell Analytics, based his calculations on weather service forecasts.

He also calculates it will dump 6 trillion gallons (23 trillion liters) on Georgia.

By comparison, Hurricane Harvey, which stalled over the Texas coast, dumped about 20 trillion gallons (76 trillion liters) on Texas and 7 trillion gallons (26 trillion liters) of rain on Louisiana in about five days.

One area around Houston got more than 50 inches (130 centimeters) of rain.

Irma is expected to crawl steadily through the Sunshine State.

The National Hurricane Center projects 15 to 20 inches (38 to 50 centimeters) of rain with spots up to 25 inches (64 centimeters) for the Florida Keys.

Western Florida is forecast to get 10 to 15 inches of rain (25 to 38 centimeters), with as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) in spots.

The rest of Florida and southeastern Georgia is projected to get 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of rain, with isolated outbursts up to 16 inches (40 centimeters).

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