Irma, now a tropical depression, bringing heavy rains to Georgia

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Earlier Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott drove to Mobile to begin the first leg of assessing damage in Florida from Hurricane Irma.

White House Homeland Security Advisor reports that Florida Keys residents will not be allowed to return to their houses for weeks, since restoring may take a long time.

The storm is blamed for at least six deaths in Florida, three in Georgia and four in SC. "It's hard to figure it out where you are going to start over", said one resident.

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

Last month, Trump paid two visits to Texas after Hurricane Harvey tore through the state leaving behind extensive flooding.

No timetable for reopening the rest of the Keys was given.

The Florida Keys took a direct hit from Irma at one of the storm's most powerful points.

Several major airports in Florida that halted passenger operations due to Irma began limited service on Tuesday, including Miami International, one of the busiest United States airports.

Beyersdorf and Jensen left northern Wisconsin on Friday morning and raced to southern Florida to be in place ahead of Irma's impact. Then, there's the lone model taking the storm through The Bahamas before making another Florida landfall.

"We don't have a comprehensive insight into what the damage is", Bryan Koon, Florida director of Emergency Management said late Sunday. So when the winds did their turn about 2 or 3 a.m. Monday morning, they weren't strong enough to cause the storm surge forecasters had predicted. "As we rebuild, that will help GDP".

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.

"We've never had that many outages, and I don't think any utility in the country ever has", FPL Chief Executive Eric Silagy said at a news conference on Monday.

One man in SC was killed by a falling tree limb and another died in a traffic accident, officials said.

"There are like a lot of downed trees and a few downed power lines on state roads", Belk said.

"There is little change to the overall forecast philosophy, as Jose completes a slow anticyclonic loop over open waters for the next 72 hours", the National Hurricane Center said in its online forecast discussion. The 2005 hurricane season, which saw three named storms make landfall, carried a almost $200 billion price tag with it.

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