Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Over 7.3 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast - utilities

Gov. Cooper: Emergency crews shift to western NC with change in Irma's track Thousands without power across Georgia as Hurricane Irma moves in
Howard Terry | 13 September, 2017, 00:21

The remnants of Irma continued to track across Alabama on Tuesday, but it appeared the worst from the storm in the state was over.

More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters.

The storm had killed three people when it struck the southern Florida Keys island chain as a more powerful Category Four on Sunday. When it first hit Florida, it was still a Category 4 hurricane. The death toll from the storm also rose in the Caribbean, where at least 34 people are confirmed dead.

"The next couple of days and couple of weeks - probably months, in a lot of spots - are going to be very busy for a lot of people rebuilding", said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel, according to NBC News.

"We dealt with it", Curry said.

The National Hurricane Centre said: "Some additional weakening is possible during the next day or so, and Jose could weaken to a tropical storm later today". He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort. About two thirds of the state were left without power, according to officials. When Irma finally arrived, it shifted to the east. Buckhorn said he "realized that the gods were smiling" on the city when dawn broke.

Tuesday afternoon should see highs near 65 and a 70 percent chance of rain.

Updated projections over the weekend put Tampa, Florida, squarely in Irma's path. Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNBC the city was "staring into the abyss".

On the west coast of Florida, drone footage from Naples, a town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico about 200km to the north-west, shows rows of shattered suburban homes on streets under water.

President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration late Sunday in a bid to speed up federal funding to damaged areas in Florida and reimburse the State Government and local communities.

The mass exodus from southern Florida could become one of the largest evacuations in United States history, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, several major airports in Florida that halted passenger operations due to Irma will begin limited service Tuesday, including Miami International, one of the nation's busiest airports.

Which areas were hit before Florida?

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