Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Tropical Storm Irma moves across Georgia

Tropical Storm Irma moves across Georgia

FPL, the state's biggest power company, said its outages dipped below 2.9 million by Tuesday morning from a peak of over 3.6 million Monday morning.

In Naples, plenty of destruction can be seen on a drive down US-41 from Collier Boulevard to Lely Boulevard.

Search crews planned to go door-to-door in the hard-hit Keys to check on residents.

At 10 p.m., the storm was 95 miles south-southwest of Atlanta with winds of 35 mph. It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages. Flash flood warnings are in effect for portions of the southern Appalachians, and flood warnings and predictions off heavy rainfall throughout the Southeast.

- Line workers have been busy since Irma passed through the state of Georgia on Monday as a Tropical Storm. More than 350 people had to be rescued, he said.

"Things look real damaged from the air, but when you clear the trees and all the debris, it's not much damage to the houses", Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said in a statement released by the county Tuesday night.

Emergency managers in the islands declared on Monday "the Keys are not open for business" and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service and that supplies were low and anxiety high.

Hurricane Irma has been blamed for at least five deaths in Florida, two in the state of Georgia and two in South Carolina.It killed at least 35 people as it tore through islands in the Caribbean last week. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar.

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross. Some residents were trying to reach their homes by walking through floodwater up to their waists, while others used canoes. The island's airport and seaport closed to commercial traffic after Hurricane Irma hit, and to further complicate matters, another hurricane was on the way, said Beth Finan, American Citizen Services officer with the State Department and member of the Hurricane Irma task force in Washington, D.C.

A woman sits atop a fire hydrant on a flooded street in Miami as Hurricane Irma hits Florida on September 10.

The figure represents nearly 60% of the state's electricity users, who were still experiencing power outage as of 9 p.m. EDT Monday, according to the state's Division of Emergency Management.

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