February 24 2018

Irma power outages down to 6.9 mln in US Southeast -utilities

February 24 2018, 05:51 | Frederick Owens

Irma power outages down to 6.9 mln in US Southeast -utilities

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At least three people have died in the Florida Keys archipelago due to the battering storm.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said people had been killed in the archipelago, where almost 80,000 permanent residents live, apart from one already known fatality.

José is forecast to loop around itself through the end of the week, so that by Friday, the center of the storm is pretty much back to where we are today.

Portions of the Florida Keys ravaged by Hurricane Irma will allow residents to return to survey damage from the monster storm, whose United States death toll rose to 11 on Tuesday. The damage from the storm damaged not just people's homes and businesses, but also knocked out communication services to rescue crews.

Although the storm has weakened, it's still forecast to hit Georgia with gusts of wind, torrential rain, and possible flooding. It took power crews two hours to disconnect the electricity so the mane could escape the vehicle.

Hurricane Jose, the storm that followed Hurricane Irma across the ocean, has made a decision to hang around longer as a potential threat to the East Coast.

A weakened but still unsafe Irma pushed this morning as it hammered Florida with winds that created hazards for rescuers and flooding that set a record in one city.

"I took mine down", Feltgen said.

Irma registered as a major hurricane for 8.5 days, the second most in the satellite era (since 1966), trailing only Ivan in 2004. Storm surges also swamped some coastal areas in Georgia and SC. Winds have snapped power lines and 72 percent of homes there are without electricity, officials say.

Irma has now been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane but surge warnings remain in effect.

- Miami streets turned into raging rivers, and the city's airport is closed because of significant water damage.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the situation was not as bad as it could have been, but warned residents that risky storm surge continued. Since then, Irma has been weakening, but continues to wreck havoc across the peninsula and into Georgia as it tracks north.

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