Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South — WHAT'S HAPPENING

The number of homes and businesses that were without power in multiple states, as of midday Monday.

Hurricane Irma may be gone, but days of darkness and devastation are just beginning in Florida. She said Georgia customers should be prepared to wait several days. "High humidity will make it feel like the low to mid-90s". At least 17 storm-related deaths have been reported on the U.S. mainland, according to officials.

Irma is expected to drop 2 to 5 inches of rain across SC and northern portions of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Gov. Rick Scott has authorized Florida Highway Patrol to escort utility convoys to the most hard-hit areas in order to restore power as quickly as possible, but despite 30,000 utility personnel on the ground, it still may take weeks for some areas to get back on the grid.

FPL said it expects to restore essentially all of its customers in the eastern portion of the state by the weekend and the harder-hit western portion Florida by September 22.

The city of Jacksonville in northeast Florida ordered urgent evacuations on Monday. Power is out to almost 6 million residents from Florida to the Carolina's. He said he's tried to reach out to the company on social media but his power is still out.

There is nearly no power, no water.

On Tuesday morning, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia. North Carolina: More than 29,000 customers don't have electricity, according to Duke Energy.

"Since much of Florida's gasoline delivery occurs via barge, all eyes will remain on port conditions as the storm passes", said Jeanette Casselano, a spokesperson for AAA, adding that power outages, impassable roads and debris are hindering efforts to refuel Florida stations.

Irma cut off communication in entire neighborhoods.

Chainsaw-wielding nun helps with Hurricane Irma clean-up
Carroll High School and started clearing the neighborhood roads of trees blown over by Hurricane Irma. She grabbed one of the chainsaws at Archbishop Coleman F.

Officials are having a hard time getting to some parts of the Keys (especially Key Largo), which seemed to bear the full brunt of Irma's wrath. An additional 65% suffered major damage.

Dozens of eager Keys residents parked their cars along USA 1 Monday, staying there through the night to make sure they could get onto the Keys when access was granted, ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV reported. Crews are slowly moving southward across the Florida Keys, inspecting infrastructure and doing a door to door search for victims.

"That's why we don't want people to, en masse, return down here to the Keys".

"We know we have many people who want to get off the island, as we have no power, and many, manty more trying to get on the island", Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman said. "Everyone wants to get down here and check out their homes".

In Florida, more than six million homes were left without power as the hurricane landed in Florida Keys, battering the islands with winds of 130mph. 12,500 flights to or from Florida were canceled due to the storm. Georgia had three deaths. Police in Marion County say at an intersection a man was killed because traffic lights are out.

And a woman died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, according to the website of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Portions of coastal SC flooded as well.

Ten people are dead in the United States and 35 have been killed in the Caribbean in the wake of the storm.

The Florida Keys stretch for 112 miles. The Federal Aviation Administration says airports in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville are open.

Irma roared ashore as a powerful Category 4 hurricane when it hit the far southern Florida Keys on Sunday, tearing boats from their moorings, uprooting palm trees and downing power lines, after devastating a string of Caribbean islands.

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