Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Gas shortages persist as southeast begins Irma recovery

Gas shortages persist as southeast begins Irma recovery

They also have asked the federal government to kick in 11 million meals and millions more liters (gallons) of water, plus almost 700 cases of baby supplies.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning with top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph).

Some 6.5 million people, about a third of Florida's population, had been ordered to evacuate southern Florida.

A tired Gov. Rick Scott, who has flown across the state during the past five days sounding the alarm bell ahead of landfall, acknowledged that it won't be easy for residents in the days ahead.

As squally weather and the outer bands of Hurricane Irma begin to sweep South Florida, a number of power outages have been reported. "This is a life-threatening situation". The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about September 17, while customers on the state's west coast should expect most power to be restored by September 22.

However, officials continued to sound warnings that the real danger posed by the hurricane came in the form of storm surge, abnormal and extremely rapid rises in water levels.

The storm engulfed almost all of Florida, from the state's southernmost point up to the Georgia line, from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf side.

As Irma tracks inland, southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama are likely to take the brunt of the tropical storm's wrath. "We feel it was more unsafe to travel all over the state, run out of fuel possibly", he said, adding: "We're gonna ride it out".

At one point in time, one of them started splintering, and that's when I lost my nerve and said, 'I'm leaving, ' " he said. He said no serious damage had been discovered, but that engineers were being cautious in determining how much weight the spans could carry.

"Sometimes people listen and sometimes they don't", Long said.

His $17 million "chateau" on the Caribbean island of St. Martin survived almost unscathed.

The National Weather Service announcement for the Florida Keys advised that people should avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. "Search and rescue teams are ready to deploy".

Jose is the fifth hurricane in the Atlantic so far this season, and one of three major hurricanes, which are Category 3 or stronger storms.

More than 400 shelters are open across the state as residents shelter from the massive storm.

Trump also encouraged officials to also stay focused on recovery efforts in southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, which caused severe flooding in Houston and surrounding areas after it made landfall in late August.

Even in Tallahassee, which is about 200 miles northwest of Tampa, more than half of stations don't have gas.

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