More than 3 million customers without power in Florida after Hurricane Irma

More than 3 million customers without power in Florida after Hurricane Irma

How many people defied evacuation orders and stayed during the storm was unclear. At least seven storm-related deaths been reported in Florida, Georgia and SC, according to local officials.

Florida electricity companies estimate that much of the state's east coast could have power back by Sunday but in other areas it could take 10 days or more.

"This is going to be a frustrating event".

Irma is causing record-setting flooding in Jacksonville, Florida.

Spencer Bass of St. Pete, FL tells me he had to make the stop, bringing 18 gallons of gas with him.

Numerous gas stations along the route back to Florida are most likely not working any longer after Irma.

"This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in USA history", said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.

Hurricane Irma, an extremely powerful tropical cyclone, occurred over the Atlantic Ocean and is said to be the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since 2005 hurricane Katrina.

Last month, Trump paid two visits to Texas after Hurricane Harvey tore through the state leaving behind extensive flooding. The archipelago of hundreds of islands, curving south from the southern tip of the mainland, is still partly inaccessible; a quarter of all buildings were destroyed, and 65 percent sustained major damage.

With only emergency vehicles allowed into the Keys, residents stuck at the checkpoint in Florida City, a Miami suburb, shouted at police and swore at media.

Monroe County planned to reopen road access at 7 a.m. for residents and business owners from Key Largo, the main island at the upper end of the chain, as well as the towns of Tavernier and Islamorada farther south, fire officials said.

Five deaths in Florida were blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia. "We have enough gasoline to get out of the auto to run the generator probably for several days, but without power, we'll be in a little trouble".

However, he said, "We got super, super lucky". "As we rebuild, that will help GDP". "This is confirmed to the mayors I've spoken to today, it's not as bad as we thought".

Other factors - the strength of Irma when it hit (Category 5) and flimsy building construction - helped account for the destruction in these hard-hit islands.

Authorities on Sunday said that at least 4 people in Florida had died, The New York Times reported.

In Georgia, utilities reported over 1.2 million customers without power Tuesday morning, down from a peak of over 1.4 million on Monday night. Cities flooded, power lines were downed and trees were uprooted across the state. Gov.

A 55-year-old man was killed on Monday afternoon after a tree fell on his house.

The National Hurricane Center has a page updating every few hours with the latest watches and warnings for Jose.

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