Florida allows some to return home

13 September, 2017, 16:58 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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In addition to the destruction the storm has brought, Irma knocked out power to more than 60 percent of Florida's homes and businesses. The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about September 17, while customers on the state's west coast should expect most power to be restored by September 22. The dead in SC included a man struck by a tree limb while clearing storm debris and a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator inside his mobile home. FlightAware.com says about 2,000 USA flights scheduled for Tuesday were canceled by early afternoon, including about 500 in Miami and 400 in Orlando.

Irma hit the Keys as a Category 4 storm, with wind speeds up to 130 miles per hour. About a third of Florida's population (about 6.5 million people) were ordered to evacuate their homes ahead of the storm. But displaced residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed to return for their first glimpse of the damage Tuesday morning.

"These short-lived tornadoes will continue to develop across parts of SC and Georgia on Monday", Kottlowski said.

Power is coming back throughout the county based on priority, Harmer said.

'In the center of the storm, where there is extreme low pressure, water is drawn upward.

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While the Keys were under mandatory evacuation orders as Irma neared, not everyone left.

"It's going to take, frankly, a long time to restore", Rivals said. There's power lines down all over the place.

As for Jacksonville in north-eastern Florida, the city's website warned residents: "Stay inside". Over 350 people were rescued from the flooding, but no casualties were reported there.

"The storm surge flooding in Miami is a mere fraction of what would have happened if the core of the storm had been further east", Rick Knabb, former director of the National Hurricane Center, said in a tweet. Naples saw almost 12 inches of rain and a 7-foot storm surge. Something they have been saying since "day one" was how Hurricane Irma was going to be different than Hurricane Matthew because Volusia wouldn't be one of the few counties affected.

So, if you're among those whose homes and finances were spared, donating to community-based aid funds would be an appropriate way to express gratitude for your good fortune. Additionally, more than 100 traffic lights were out. At least 36 people were left dead in the storm's wake across the Caribbean.

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While the Keys have an exhaustive recovery ahead, signs of normalcy will pop up Tuesday elsewhere in Florida. Monday night, the storm had weakened to a tropical depression near Columbus, Georgia.

In South Carolina, a 57-year-old man was killed after a tree limb fell on him, while a 21-year-old died in a auto crash, said local officials.

Another man, in his 50s, was killed just outside Atlanta when a tree fell on his house, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham said.

The sixth person died from carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use of a generator, while the seventh died when cutting fallen tree branches, according to an ABC News report.

Another fatality was from a vehicle crash in Orange County in central Florida.

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