Residents return to Florida Keys as Irma death toll rises

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2017

The mayors of Tampa and Miami Beach, two Florida cities that were at one point projected to take a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, said their communities were mostly spared.

Maximum sustained winds had decreased to 136.8kmh as of 2am local time, with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later yesterday.

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Also, more than 70 percent of the customers of the two largest electric utilities in Florida were without power, according to the State Emergency Response Team.

After two, back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes - Harvey and Irma - hitting the United States, here's an unsettling thought: We could be hit by another one.

Gov. Rick Scott announced he'll join members of the U.S. Coast Guard for an aerial tour Monday afternoon to further assess the damage.

Insured property losses in Florida from Irma were expected to run from $20 billion to $40 billion, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated.

Winter Park police spokesman Garvin McComie says officers responded Monday morning following reports of a man lying in the roadway. From Georgia to SC, the storm left behind massive flooding and destruction.

A tornado spun off by Irma was reported on the Georgia coast, and firefighters inland had to rescue several people after trees fell on their homes.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home. The latest storm, Hurricane Irma, is now making its way through Florida, bringing heavy rainfall and floods to the state. In fact, a state of emergency was declared in Carolinas, Georgia as well as Alabama by President Trump last night due to heavy rains in the region.

"There clearly is going to be an impact on GDP in the short run, we will make it up in the long run", Mnuchin said. Schools in much of the state planned to close Monday.

The death toll in the Caribbean rose to at least 38 after authorities in Cuba said at least 10 people had been killed there.

It cut a devastating track across 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing at least 28 people there.

Anxious relatives, generous volunteers and frantic neighbors turned to social media after Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to many communities around Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys.

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