Millions of Florida Homes and Businesses Still Don't Have Power

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

As Florida struggles to resupply gas stations drained by Hurricane Irma evacuees, a growing number of stations in Georgia and SC are running out of fuel as the storm moves north.

- More than 3 million electric customers are without power across Florida, according to utility companies.

Indian-Americans in Atlanta and neighbouring areas today opened up their homes for friends, families and community members from Florida, as catastrophic hurricane Irma made landfall on the state's southern islands.

Several elderly residents have died in a nursing home following Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma first made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning, then made landfall in the state again Sunday afternoon when it hit Marco Island.

- One person was found dead in Orange County in a single-car accident linked to the storm, police said without providing details. In the Caribbean, at least 24 were people were killed during Irma's destructive trek across exclusive islands known as the vacation playground for the rich.

"The people of Florida need to know that our hearts and our prayers and all of our efforts are with them and will be with them until this storm passes, " the vice president said.

Once the storm passes, a major concern for officials is access: Reaching Key West requires driving across 42 bridges, some miles long, and each one will have to be inspected before vehicles are allowed back on them, county officials said.

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

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office placed a curfew on its beaches Monday night into Tuesday morning. Florida Director of Emergency Management Bryan Koon estimates that about 10,000 people remained in the Keys during the storm, according to the Miami Herald. More than 100,000 were in the dark in Georgia.

The storm was the second major hurricane to hit the United States in a little more than two weeks.

Irma tied Florida Keys (1935), Gilbert (1988), and Wilma (2005) for the second strongest maximum winds of all-time for an Atlantic hurricane when it topped out at 185 miles per hour.

In the upper Keys, water blocked parts of some northbound lanes of USA 1, videos and photos showed.

Workers from FEMA and other agencies are continuing to help people in Texas and Louisiana recover from devastation caused earlier by Hurricane Harvey. Roughly 1 million residents of Georgia were affected by power outages.

"Irma went over and we were all like, 'Oh good, we survived.' And then all of a sudden some of the panels came off the roof, I guess, and we started getting water pouring down in different places", said 61-year-old Mary Fitzgerald.

Irma is now headed towards Naples, Florida where it is expected to make landfall around 3:30 pm ET.

"Now it's time to heed our warnings", Curry said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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