Millions still without power as Irma cuts deadly path

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2017

Construction sites throughout the city were on lock-down leading up the storm. Though she was downgraded to a tropical storm, winds and rain are still causing problems.

Even with Irma's weakening, the tropical depression is still expected to bring heavy rainfall across a widespread area, as it flooded parts of coastal Georgia and SC, including Savannah and Charleston, on Monday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office warned residents along the St. Johns River to "Get out now". "It's bad now, it's going to continue to get worse", meteorologist Angie Enyedi said.

Three other deaths in SC have been attributed to the storm. "We were in shock when we went outside", Garcia, 34, told CNN.

Overall, Irma was an unpredictable, powerful storm that kept forecasters guessing, even after landfall.

Speaking at a ceremony at the Pentagon to mark the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, president Donald Trump pledged the full resources of the federal government to help those affected by the recent flooding. A few keep the storm in the Atlantic, far from the United States.

The Kesling Family and the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The eye of the storm hit the small fishing village of Goodland, located at the southeast corner of Marco Island.

Hurricane Irma's path of destruction up Florida's Gulf Coast on Sunday threatens to disrupt a thriving state tourism industry worth more than $100 billion annually just months ahead of the busy winter travel season.

The system has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour while moving 17 miles per hour north-northwest over Georgia.

A man died in Worth County, Georgia, on Monday while repairing the roof of a shed during sustained winds of 42 miles per hour (67 kph) with gusts up to 70 miles per hour (112 kph), a National Weather Service report said.

There are about 20 to 25 cranes still up across the city, according to city officials.

As of 6 a.m. today, more than 5.7 million customers were without power in Florida - roughly 58 percent of all customers in the state.

More than 1.2 million Georgia Power and Electric Membership Corp. customers were without power Tuesday morning.

- Storm surge warnings in Florida, Georgia and SC mean "there is a danger of life-threatening inundation", the hurricane center said.

A report from the Key West city commissioner said food, water and fuel were running low, and there were unconfirmed reports of fatalities in the area, expected to be hard-hit after Irma made landfall there on Sunday.

Officials were struggling Monday to reach areas of the Florida Keys, as some of the islands were hard to access. "I know for our entire state, but especially the Keys, it's going to be a long road".

Large debris is blocking access, and a 150-foot stretch "has some buckling", Newman said.

Everybody FPL has available is "already being deployed" and the company is trying to secure more workers from out of state to help, Silagy said, including some crews who were assisting in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. 'It was nothing short of a miracle, we got everything that we could ever possibly ask for here, ' the Cafasso family said.

Over the next two days, Irma is expected to push into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Now, evacuated Floridians are sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic to head home and face monumental cleanups throughout the state.

"Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down", Scott said, pointing out that the risky storm surge "will rush in and could kill you".

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