Power Being Restored in Florida After Hurricane Irma
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 18, 2017,
Sep 18, 2017, 22:16
Irma was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on Friday morning (with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour that are still incredibly powerful), but if continues on its trajectory, Florida will lie directly in its path - before potentially heading north, affecting the likes of Georgia, the Carolinas, and, as Long said, Alabama.
Transportation officials offered positive news for some Floridians looking to return home: Interstate 75, a major north-south artery, will not be closed in the Gainesville area as once feared.
Most of the remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern parts of the state.
As of Thursday morning, the number of homes and businesses without electricity in Florida was 2.69 million, according to the agency.
Hernando County officials said deputies, firefighters and officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission used boats to get to homes along the river to urge residents to get out as the water levels start rising, according to a news release. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon.
Police Chief Tomas Sanchez described the second floor "as excessively hot". Police have said the deaths are under investigation.
The eight dead ranged in age from 71 to 99, authorities said.
The cause of the two other deaths is still under investigation.
But most of the surviving patients "have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Regional Memorial Hospital spokesman Randy Katz told reporters.
The first rescue crews responded to a call from the facility around 3 a.m. Wednesday, for a patient in cardiac arrest.
Unlike Casto, Vega said she understood why local officials kept people from coming back to the Keys too soon. "Although the details are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".
Medical workers from an adjacent hospital who assisted in evacuating the centre recounted a scene of chaos as panicky staff scrambled to move overheated patients into a room where fans were blowing. It actually hit the Keys with a-it was a Category 5. "We needed some grocery stores open, we needed more electric, more water and we needed trees on the highways cleared and no power lines down".
A total of eight others died in Georgia and the Carolinas. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.
Michael Benson, 65, of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, said he lost everything.
"But we have life".
Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen.
This is Trump's third visit in less than three weeks to a hurricane-damaged state.