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Florida power company says restoration 'will take weeks' after Irma

12 September 2017

Irma wreaked havoc in the Florida Keys and along the entire length of the Florida peninsula. State media reported about 1 million people were evacuated from high-risk flood areas.

Florida's largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but still suffered heavy flooding.

Another 125 emergency rescues were made on Monday.

Over four million homes in Florida were left without power, according to reports, with some areas of the city of Miami now under water.

Melbourne is expected to see a 2-4 feet storm surge during Hurricane Irma according to the The Weather Channel
Melbourne is expected to see a 2-4 feet storm surge during Hurricane Irma according to the The Weather Channel

The storm came ashore on Sunday afternoon in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, causing extensive damage to the Florida Keys, Miami, Naples and several other areas. Irma cut a devastating track across 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing at least 28 people there. You don't have to worry about the former hurricane-now-tropical-storm hanging around the Sunshine State much longer.

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Over the next two days, Irma is expected to push to the northwest, into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

"It's hard to do it during a storm, but as soon as that storm passes, our first responders will be out there doing everything they can to take care of every person in the state".

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Irma continues to sustain 50 miles per hour winds and stronger gusts, but is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression as it moves into Alabama on Tuesday.

Irma was forecast to cross the eastern Florida Panhandle and move into southern Georgia later in the day, dumping as much as 41 cm of rain, government forecasters said.

Since making landfall in both the Florida Keys and Marco Island, almost 7 million homes and businesses have been left stranded without electricity as now-Tropical Storm Irma moves through US' Southeast region.

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook.

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Over in Florida's neighboring Peach State, power outages surpassed half a million.

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After touching down at Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys, Irma moved toward Florida's southwestern coast.

The airport tweeted late Sunday that it needs to assess the damage before deciding whether passenger flights can resume Tuesday.

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Florida power company says restoration 'will take weeks' after Irma