February 21, 2018

Florida power outage: Irma leaves more than 6.5 million in the dark

12 September 2017, 10:10 | Christie Tate

Florida power company says restoration 'will take weeks' after Irma

Hurricane Irma Update

Earlier on Monday, a 66-year-old man in Worth County was trapped beneath debris when a shed collapsed while he was on the roof.

Irma, which made landfall in the Florida Keys yesterday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane, has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. Some 6.3 million people in Florida had been told to evacuate. Most of the outages were in Southeast Florida.

The highest surge could be 4-6 feet along in SC and on Florida's east coast as well as the northwest Florida coast, the hurricane center said.

The remnants of Hurricane Irma continued to make their way north towards Tennessee and Alabama on Monday, with tropical storm and flash flooding warnings in place for Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.

This story was updated on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Officials closed major bridges. More than 3.4 million homes in the state are without power, and parts of the city of Miami are under water.

Storm surge: Large portions of Marco Island were flooded by a 3- to 4-foot storm surge, said Chris Bowden, spokesman for the Marco Island Fire Department. The figure is for private insurance losses in Florida and the Caribbean but does not count losses from the National Flood Program. "It means it hasn't gotten to us yet", Koon said, the AP reported. The Cuban death toll brings the total number of fatalities from the hurricane to 37.

As daylight returns to Florida, the damage inflicted by Irma is becoming clear.

While the Sunshine State won't see too much actual sun Monday, state officials are looking on the bright side and say they're pleased with the response from both local and federal officials.

"The worrisome part will be later when the winds start pushing the water back", Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean was quoted as saying.

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Tropical-storm-force winds remain the most unsafe and severe possible impact from this storm, experts say.

Broken tree branches block roads in the Coral Beach neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale.

'The storm surge threat is not only limited to the immediate coast but also extends further inland. Utility crews were already on the streets there clearing downed trees and utility lines.

Gusts topping 90 miles per hour whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to more than 750,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area.

An electrical worker repairs traffic lights in Naples, Florida.

Some 166,000 people in Georgia, including more than 17,000 in the city of Savannah, lost power as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state.

The agency is asking people to remain where they are now as a safety precaution.

People ventured out, off the river walk, in view of downtown Tampa, and at least one pair of dogs played.

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