Irma Weakens To A Tropical Storm, But Danger Persists

Irma Weakens To A Tropical Storm, But Danger Persists

Hurricane Irma is now in the history books in Florida but its wrath will be a constant reminder in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said the deaths were "both storm-related and due to natural causes".

Judging from previous studies, the WMO said greenhouse warming will cause the globally averaged intensity of tropical cyclones to shift towards stronger storms, with intensity increases of two to 11 percent by 2100. Its center hit portions of the Keys on Sunday but missed Miami and Naples, then skirted Tampa as the storm slowed. In 2005, there were five major hurricanes that made landfall and two of those were in the U.S. Those two were Katrina and Wilma. "We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we're trying to stay in touch, " said Suzanne Trottier, who left her Key West, Florida, home for Virginia nearly a week ago ahead of Irma.

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. "The keys are a very resilient community". Almost all are on the Keys, a 110-mile ribbon of low-lying islands linked by bridges. Georgia EMC said it had close to 300,000 customers without power.

The company, with more than 20,000 restoration workers, anticipates getting power back by the end of the weekend to most of its customers in eastern parts of Florida.

"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.

Mariners Hospital and the Plantation Key jail have power, as well as several firehouses and government buildings.

But residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed back for their first look. County officials said crews are working to reopen the major United States 1 route as quickly as possible.

No timetable was given for reopening the remainder of the Keys, which are linked by a series of causeways and bridges down to Key West, a popular tourist spot on the southern tip of Florida.

"There is still no commercial service or general aviation until further notice", Clark said.

"It would have been nice if there weren't people in the areas that were affected by the surge, but the first responders just stepped right up and did their jobs", Curry said.

South believes the hardest hit areas will be between Big Coppitt Key and Marathon with the brunt focused on the island of Big Pine Key.

Water restrictions are in place and water should only be used for sanitation purposes, Clark said.

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