Millions Are Without Power in Florida as Storm Pushes North
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 12, 2017,
Sep 12, 2017, 22:16
At least 10 people were killed as Hurricane Irma ripped through Cuba over the weekend, the country's civil defense organization said Monday. Here is a look at the damage wrought by the storm after it passed over Florida. It flooded streets and coastal areas, swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes. As the storm pushed north, outage figures were increasing at other large utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp DUK.N , Southern Co SO.N and Emera Inc EMA.TO .
Hurricane Irma made another landfall near Naples yesterday after inundating the Florida Keys.
US President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for the areas hit by Irma.
Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-hit Florida Keys as officials pieced together the scope of Irma's destruction and aid rushed into the drenched and debris-strewn state. Hurricane Jose skirted the northeast corner of the Caribbean over the weekend, prompting a full-scale evacuation of the tiny island of Barbuda - which Irma nearly totally destroyed just four days earlier.
The State Department said Monday that USA embassies and consulates have reopened in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Barbados and Curaçao, although services were limited.
More than 180,000 people huddled in shelters in Florida, and officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone.
From here, the storm will likely weaken further still, and it'll probably be downgraded to tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon, according to NOAA. The current fear is that Irma will strike the west harder than the east.
Most of the power losses were in Florida, but losses in Georgia, which were at about 90,000 as of 6 a.m. ET, were expected to increase as the storm moved north. Levels will continue to rise.
A beach in The Bahamas is once again boasting a sparkling turquoise sea just days after footage emerged of ocean water having been sucked away by the powerful storm.