Florida inching back to normality as workers restore power and fuel

Florida inching back to normality as workers restore power and fuel

"The way I look at it, every moment, we're alive", Mr Rahmir, who said he couldn't get much sleep over the previous three days because he was horrified about the apocalyptic predictions for Irma on TV, said. "High humidity will make it feel like the low to mid-90s".

A 55-year-old man died on Monday in Tampa, Florida, while using a chainsaw in a tree during storm cleanup, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The tidal surge also sent water and damaged boats rushing ashore for more than three blocks into downtown St. Marys just north of the Georgia-Florida state line, said St. Marys police Lt. Shannon Brock.

Dennis Jones, chief of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, which includes the city of Tampa, said he was "thankful" for those who left unsafe areas, noting that 260 people had called 911 in the thick of the storm, when emergency crews could not respond.

The average gallon of gas in Florida sold for $2.73 as of Sunday morning, according to AAA.

In Islamorada, resident Chris Crooks made a sign for Florida Power & Light company.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the United Kingdom had responded "very quickly" and was making an "international effort" alongside the US, France and the Netherlands. Understandably, not too many in the Sunshine State have had time or attention for Jose.

The monster hurricane that hit the Florida Keys on Sunday as a Category 4 was downgraded to a tropical storm as it finally pushed its way out of the state and into Georgia, where it caused more misery.

As neighbor after neighbor on her block tried to call Duke Energy for help, they heard that just 80 homes in their neighborhood had lost power - out of more than 100,000 across Pinellas County.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands.

Vince Napoli, 83, a retired computer sales manager, said a fallen tree knocked out electricity to the medical building near his home in Boca Raton where he undergoes kidney dialysis, forcing his wife to drive him 20 miles (32 km) south to Fort Lauderdale for treatment on Tuesday.

Irma cut off communication in entire neighborhoods.

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

The group of islands collectively known as the Bahamas has rebounded quickly from the hurricane in the wake of the damage, with most major hotels planning to be up and running by the end of the week.

Trump stressed that his top priorities are life-saving and life-sustaining efforts in affected areas, the White House said.

William Rose told CNN his family in the Keys is unreachable.

The county administrator, Roman Gastesi, said crews would begin house-to-house searches Monday morning to check on survivors.

"The roadway system has debris all over it". The island chain curves southwest from Key Largo to Key West, linked by bridges and causeways along a almost 100 mile (160km) route. "They can donate to disaster, text disaster at 2022", Scott said. "Everyone wants to get down here and check out their homes". We've got downed power lines all across the state.

The NHC forecast that Irma's centre eye will move near or over the state's west coast later on Sunday.

"There are so many areas that you would never have thought would have flooded that have flooded", Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters after a helicopter tour of the area. With wind gusts reaching 70 miles per hour (112 kph), officials ordered a daytime curfew for the 112,000 residents of Lowndes County, which includes Valdosta.

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