Irma was still a Category five when it raked Cuba’s coast, the first hurricane that size to hit the storm-prone island since 1924.
There have been seven storm-related deaths in Florida, four in SC and two in Georgia, according to The Associated Press, but officials have questioned whether some of those fatalities can be directly attributed to Irma.
Southwest Florida has suffered power outages, gas shortages and flooding after the Category 3 storm struck the region Sunday. “You know, I’m not stupid, but I thought I could get back”, the 42-year resident of the Keys said. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in SC. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.
The latter figure doesn’t include the nursing home deaths, which police said were under investigation.
In Big Pine Key, which was cut off from the other islands by water and a large pole Monday, houses were seen smoldering.
Irma is already uprooting trees and turning streets into rivers. Other residents joined him as officers directed traffic and vehicles at the front of the line jockeyed to get ahead of each other.
In Lower Matecumbe Key, just south of Islamorada, 57-year-old Donald Garner checked on his houseboat, which had only minor damage. There’s no stores. There’s no electricity.
“Let the first responders.do their job, and y’all can come back later”.
Millions of people were still without power in Florida.
Georgia Power said 95 percent of its customers should have electricity restored by Sunday night, except for homes or businesses too damaged to be reconnected.
The combination of shear and instability that a hurricane offers still produces small supercell storms that are more likely to spawn tornadoes than ordinary thunderstorm cells, NOAA said.
Massive power outages still crippled much of the Southeast on Wednesday.
Dr. Shahid Hamid, a finance professor at Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center, told FOX Business it is possible that insurance companies will end up in the same position as they were in the 1990s, depending largely on their reinsurance policies.
At least four people have died in SC. North Carolina: More than 29,000 customers don’t have electricity, according to Duke Energy.
– ALABAMA: About 1,400 customers as of Tuesday night.
With 25 percent of the homes in the Florida Keys feared destroyed, emergency workers Tuesday rushed to find Hurricane Irma’s victims – dead or alive – and deliver food and water to the stricken island chain.
CNBC reports further word from Long, who said, “Basically every house in the Keys was impacted”. Americans make up the bulk of Key West’s estimated 2.25 million annual visitors, but the city also attracts Canadians, Germans and the British. The damage in his city and in his neighborhood on Cudjoe Key didn’t match those dire numbers, he said.
As early as 8 a.m., sheets of rain were visible down Key West’s legendary Duval Street, with what appeared to be at least several inches of water flowing in the street, videos posted to Twitter showed. The area is under a boil water advisory. “We’ll have a better sense in a week or so”, he said. “Everyone wants to get down here and check out their homes”.
But it will be a long wait for those sifting through what’s left of their homes, especially in the oppressive heat and high humidity. They were supported by the Florida National Guard and its aircraft, which were helping assess the damage, said Adjutant Gen. Mike Calhoun.
Downgraded to a tropical storm early on Monday, Irma had ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record before barreling into the Florida Keys on Sunday and plowing northward along the Gulf Coast to wreak havoc across a wide swath of the third-most populous US state.
– SC had four deaths. They can also check online to see whether the contractor they’ve hired is licenced.
A third death was reported in Worth County.
Many of Florida’s airports are scheduled to reopen with limited operations Tuesday.
Worse pains to recover from were the loss of 10 lives in the United States that were caused by Hurricane Irma.