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Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor

13 September 2017

Hurricane Irma has been the latest storm to wreak havoc on citizens of the United States and overseas, pounding the states of Florida with winds of incredible velocity and near-constant rain.

Most remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. Irma first hit the islands called the Florida Keys early Sunday, when the storm was at its greatest strength.

Scott has been crisscrossing the state this week telling people to prepare and not delay evacuation plans as the state struggled to keep up with water and fuel demands created by people rushing to prepare for the storm.

Irma made landfall on the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday, but the full extent of the damage there is still unknown. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday. Georgia: Almost 700,000 customers are in the dark, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC.

A similar warning covered parts of SC and most of eastern Alabama, where schools and businesses were closed Monday.

The National Hurricane Center predicted late Friday afternoon that Irma could strengthen into a Category 5 storm again before it hits the Florida Keys this weekend. We got some last snacks too.

Sewa International and other Indian non-profit organisations were carrying out relief and rescue by providing shelter to more than 300 families in the homes of its volunteers and members in and around Atlanta.

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He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross.

The hurricane made USA landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

Bryan Koon, Florida's emergency management director, said late Sunday that authorities had only scattered information about damage, but feared worse reports could come in Monday.

"The morning after the hurricane hit South Florida, I could literally say it looked like a war zone", said Andy Triay, who lived in the Coconut Grove section of Miami.

Residents are hoping the storm will just glance the island before heading across the Florida Straits to Miami.

-Three people died in Georgia: A 62-year-old man who was on his roof was killed in Worth County, which experienced wind gusts of 69 miles per hour, according to Kannetha Clem, a spokeswoman for the Worth County Sheriff's Office. Power outages are possible as early as Sunday night through Tuesday morning. Those ramps have been closed in both directions."FHP says traffic's starting to build up on 95 and the Turnpike southbound".

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hurricane Irma has pushed water out of a bay in Tampa, but forecasters are telling people not to venture out there, because it's going to return with a potentially deadly vengeance. We have downed power lines all across the state.

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Casualties: One person died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of an indoor generator, according to Michael Hernandez with Miami-Dade mayor's office.

"Our goal is don't put any more lives at risk", he said, adding that the current major threat is flooding in the northern part of the state. Mayor Tomás Regalado said 72 percent of the city of Miami is now without power, NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

The monster storm, which arrived in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, has toppled at least three constructions cranes - two over downtown Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale.

Irma battered Cuba on Saturday with deafening winds and relentless rain.

"They said this one is going to be bigger than Andrew".

Irma comes just days after Hurricane Harvey dumped record-setting rain in Texas, causing unprecedented flooding, killing at least 60 people and leaving an estimated $180 billion in property damage in its wake.

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Waves crash against the lighthouse after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba, September 10, 2017.

Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor