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Irma hits Florida, widespread floods and power cuts

13 Setiembre 2017, 04:58 | Crisanna Felipe

Winds lash palm trees as Hurricane Irma strikes in Boca Raton Florida on Sunday

Winds lash palm trees as Hurricane Irma strikes in Boca Raton Florida on Sunday

Posted: Sep. 12, 2017 7:00 am Updated: Sep.

- Line workers have been busy since Irma passed through the state of Georgia on Monday as a Tropical Storm.

Irma's peak wind speed, making it the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic.

Still, the scope of damage in the USA paled in comparison with the devastation in parts of the Caribbean, where Irma killed almost 40 people.

The Florida Keys stretch for 112 miles. Crews worked to fix the highway connecting the islands and rush aid to victims. On Tybee Island east of Savannah, City Manager Shawn Gillen said waters were receding quickly, but numerous 3,000 residents' homes were flooded.

Some residents were allowed into the towns of Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada on Tuesday morning, authorities in Monroe Country said. Nine people had died and seven were missing in the French territories, while four are known to have died in Dutch Sint-Maarten.

Barbuda: The small island is said to be "barely habitable", with 95 percent of the buildings damaged.

But days later the bright blue water had returned to the island's shores. Except for Pensacola, all of Florida's ports remain closed; Port Everglades and Port Tampa Bay have fuel tankers awaiting unloading, Gov.

Now, for the people of the Caribbean and Florida, the painstaking task of starting over will begin.

The storm has left a widespread trail of damage and destruction in its wake, from the Keys to Miami and north to Jacksonville as well as Georgia and SC.

First Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in The Bahamas since Andrew in 1992.

Hurricane Irma's destruction in the Florida Keys - population 75,000 - is staggering.

Footage from the Grassy Key island shot by U.S. broadcaster NBC showed downed power lines, felled trees, and streets strewn with debris and vehicles.

The city of Jacksonville in northeast Florida ordered urgent evacuations on Monday.

Hurricane Irma dissipated across the southeastern United States by Tuesday morning.

Therefore, many gas stations across the state are rushing to get refueled, but that starts with many of Florida's ports reopening to receive shipments. American Airlines said flights in Miami, where it has a huge base, were expected to resume on Tuesday. More than 6.5 million were in Florida. That boosted the total number of trips Irma interrupted to about 1,300, Atlanta airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said.

All that water and energy also incurred a material cost: Moody's Analytics estimates the economic cost of Hurricane Irma to be from $64-92 billion, a tally that includes both property damage and lost economic output. The Bucs' game will be their season opener. No. 22-ranked South Florida was to resume practice Tuesday and will play host to IL on Friday, also at Raymond James.

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