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Power Outages Persist For Millions In Florida, Georgia And Carolinas After Irma

14 September 2017

She said she was scared but is glad she didn't evacuate. Video footage of the islands showed homes torn apart by sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (210 kph).

Limited service has now resumed at several of Florida's airports, including at Miami International.

So any criticism of Florida officials for taking the storm seriously and planning for all contingencies is misplaced.

In the 10 days of its existence, Hurricane Irma plowed a path through the Caribbean and up the southeastern United States, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Katia killed at least two people in Mexico after it made landfall last week - right after a powerful quake killed 64 others.

"Irma has officially passed and this is what she left", said Michala Laufle, who rode out Irma in the Keys.

"I promise you, we will not stop working until every customer has power", Silagy said at a press conference Monday at FPL's command centre. Most areas of the Keys have no electricity, no running water or cellphone service, and most gas stations are closed.

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Residents of the Florida Keys are returning to a much different landscape than the one they left last week.

Gov. Rick Scott said the state is aggressively moving fuel into Florida and has directed the Florida Highway Patrol to escort fuel supply trucks.

"It's going to be pretty hard for those coming home", said Petrona Hernandez, whose concrete Plantation Key home with 35-foot walls was unscathed, unlike others a few blocks away.

"There clearly is going to be an impact on GDP in the short run, we will make it up in the long run", Mnuchin said.

More evacuation orders were likely to be lifted on Tuesday.

The Florida Keys stretch for 112 miles.

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Repairs to Florida's grid could take weeks to complete, as utility companies warn residents to prepare for heavy damage reports from Irma.

Thirty-two kilometres may have made a US$150 billion (S$202 billion) difference.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm's power waned as it crept up the state's west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities.

At least seven people, including a sheriff's deputy and a corrections officer, died of storm-related injuries in Florida as the hurricane barreled across the southeast USA state since the weekend.

"Each one of us has a cot, a single foot apart", Beyersdorf said on Monday afternoon. "Best word I could say is war zone", he said on Twitter.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said preliminary estimates suggested that 25% of homes in the Keys were destroyed and 65% sustained major damage. The hashtag "Recover813" is being utilized on social media to help officials see the scale of damage caused by the storm.

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There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba - a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness - but authorities were trying to restore power, clear roads and warning that people should stay off the streets of Havana because flooding could continue into Monday.

Power Outages Persist For Millions In Florida, Georgia And Carolinas After Irma