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

Weakened But Still Deadly Irma Pounds Southeast With Wind, Flooding

Weakened But Still Deadly Irma Pounds Southeast With Wind, Flooding

Officials said that most of Florida Keys remains without power, fuel or electricity and that all three of the islands' hospitals are closed. The wind and rainfall in SC led to at least one death, downed numerous power lines and spawned several tornadoes.

Courtesy KY Power- Kentucky Power crews prepare to leave from the Hazard Service District on Tuesday to assist with restoration efforts in Florida following Hurricane Irma. Rick Scott said earlier Monday.

The National Hurricane Center has verified Klotzbach's tally of Irma's place in history, adding that some of the figures could change when the formal Tropical Cyclone Report is released later this year.

That number was significantly reduced by late Tuesday evening, cut by more than half about 14 hours after the strong winds died down in metro Atlanta.

"It's awful, what we saw", Scott said.

One death in Florida, that of a man killed in an auto accident in the Keys during the storm, was blamed on Irma.

The storm was the second major hurricane to make landfall in the United States in a little more than two weeks when it roared over Key Cudjoe.

It has been hard to get detailed information on the condition of the island chain where Irma first came ashore over the weekend because communication and access were cut off by the storm's arrival as a Category 4 hurricane.

"For those people who left, they don't know when they're getting back in", she said.

Millions of Florida residents were without power Tuesday as the remnants of the storm spun northwest into the USA mainland, drenching the region and causing rivers to overflow.

Now, for the people of the Caribbean and Florida, the painstaking task of starting over will begin.

Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in SC. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said of the storm surge that flooded the city, "It sounds kind of counterintuitive that we'd have that, because the center of the storm is over 200 miles away in western Georgia, and here we are over on the coast of SC". Naples saw almost 12 inches of rain and a 7-foot storm surge.

"I can guarantee you this - it's going to cost billions, upon billions, upon billions of dollars", Curbelo said Monday.

"When that sun came out this morning and the damage was minimal, it became a good day", said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. A 62-year-old man who was on his roof was killed in Worth County, which experienced wind gusts of 69 miles per hour.

Carbon monoxide expelled by generators has killed one man in SC and sent two people to the hospital in Florida.

"There are many resources staged, and ready to move into the Florida Keys to help, as soon as possible".

A tornado spun off by Irma was reported on the Georgia coast, and firefighters inland had to rescue several people after trees fell on their homes.

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