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Before and after Hurricane Irma as seen from above

14 September 2017

It was too soon to say what the power restoration would cost FPL, but in 2016, the company said it spent about $315 million to restore power after Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, according to NextEra's federal filings.

Those with power restored include more than 300,000 customers in metro Atlanta.

The total number of customers still out, representing about 9 million people in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, dipped from a peak of more than 7.8 million customers, or over 16 million people, on Monday. We've got downed power lines all across the state.

The county said search-and-rescue teams are going door to door today in the hardest hit areas of the Keys and that military personnel are helping with the search. He said no serious damage had been discovered, but that engineers were being cautious in determining how much weight the spans could carry.

Although the brunt of the storm has passed, further evacuations may take place as there is no power or running water in areas.

Officials from Monroe County were quick to counter FEMA estimates on Tuesday night, saying no official estimates of damage percentages or costs have been made.

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In Gainesville, more than 60% of stations are still out of gas, according to GasBuddy, which tracks fuel prices and availability. Both units at its Turkey Point facility, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Miami, were shut by early Monday.

The numbers are constantly changing as crews work to restore power in many neighborhoods.

"In the Keys, we are very resilient people, and we know there is a high price to live in paradise", he said. We just experienced a power outage at our command center.

A state tally early Tuesday showed near 5.5 million outages, or 53% of the electrical accounts, were still offline.

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports from Naples in Florida. The utility serves 1.8 million customers in the state, from the Florida panhandle south to the central part of the state.

Following the path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma, officials in the Florida Keys announced the area is closed.

Georgia Power reported more than 425,000 customers in the dark. By late Monday, almost 273,000 electric customers across SC had lost power as tropical storm force winds covered the entirety of the state. "Whether you are in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, we are here for you and we are here for the long haul".

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"That fuel is so cold, relatively speaking, it would take weeks before there would be any concern", said Scott Burnell of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"It's been an extremely stressful day between all of the wind, tornado warnings, power outages and flooding downtown", said Charleston resident Melissa Stehr, who waded through knee-deep water Monday. That includes a 57-year-old man struck by a tree limb during the storm in Calhoun Falls; a 54-year-old man who died in a mobile home because of carbon monoxide poisoning while a generator was running; and a man who died in a vehicle crash in Richland County.

The Department of Defense warned that the 10,000 people who stayed in the Keys may be forced to evacuate.

In this Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, photo provided by DroneBase, people trudge through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Jacksonville, Fla.

The utility said its two nuclear plants were safe.

In Miami, which saw winds up to 99 miles per hour, resident Joe Kiener said he has endured multiple hurricanes in the Caribbean but had never experienced a storm as brutal as Irma.

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This is the first time on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year.

Before and after Hurricane Irma as seen from above