NHC: Irma weakens into tropical depression
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 13, 2017,
Sep 13, 2017, 17:14
Almost two-thirds of Florida's 20 million residents were without power Monday after Tropical Storm Irma cut a destructive path through the state before churning north into Georgia. Its eye finally spun out of Florida on Monday and was moving inland, first over south Georgia as the storm system gradually weakened. The death toll from the storm also rose in the Caribbean, where at least 34 people are confirmed dead.
Speaking as he went on an aerial tour of the Keys to survey the damage early on Monday, he said: "Power lines are down throughout the state".
But he added that people returning to Key Largo should be relieved that many buildings escaped major damage. She also said that the leaves could have been dried out by salt that was whipped onto the island when the storm hit. FPL employees will always carry an FPL photo ID badge, be in FPL trucks, and will never need to enter your home, FPL said.
"This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in USA history", said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.
"They told me there is definitely water in the downstairs apartment, which is me", said Keeney, who works as a hotel concierge.
President Donald Trump has released emergency federal aid for Florida, describing the hurricane as a "big monster".
A woman in Georgia died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, according to the website of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.
The US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln was off Florida's east coast and two amphibious assault ships were en route to help in the Keys. "Many millions of people have already been evacuated, so their lives have already been affected and they have incurred costs of one sort or another".
Night-time curfews have been imposed in areas such as Miami, where 13 people were arrested on suspicion of looting. But the area around it was hit hard. For more than three days of that total, it was a Category 5 - tying it with Cuba's deadly 1932 storm and setting a record for the satellite era, Klotzbach says.
Turks and Caicos Islands: Widespread damage, although extent unclear.
In South Carolina, the Charleston Harbor area saw major flooding on Monday with water about 3 feet (1 meter) above flood stage and minor flooding is forecast for Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. One death has been confirmed.
From the air, one Keys community appears not to have suffered extensive damage.
Irma flooded streets, spawned tornadoes, knocked out power to millions of people across the state and snapped massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline. At least 37 people in the Caribbean.
France and the Netherlands are rushing in logistical support, as well as hundreds of extra police amid reports of looting.
"We won't rest until every customer has their lights back on", said FPL CEO Eric Silagy on Monday.