Febrero 20, 2018

Irma's death toll rises to 22 in U.S.; millions without power

14 Setiembre 2017, 06:11 | Crisanna Felipe

Irma Rips Away Rooftops in Florida

Irma Rips Away Rooftops in Florida

Some 166,000 people in Georgia, including more than 17,000 in the city of Savannah, lost power as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state.

At least 11 people died on the mainland USA from the hurricane.

"We know that many people are anxious about family members and friends who stayed in the Keys during Hurricane Irma and now can not be reached", Clark said.

"This is going to be a frustrating event".

One quarter of all homes in the area were destroyed, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday evening. A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages held at around 3.6 million for much of Monday morning. A day later, it had weakened to a tropical storm, but still brought risky storm surge flooding to Jacksonville. If that happened, it would mean that large areas would go out of power and hence the demand for gas would decline due to this factor.

The toll suspension was implemented for the duration of Hurricane Irma's trip across the state.

The small French island of St. Barthelemy and the French-Dutch island divided between St. Martin and St. Maarten also were badly damaged.

The remnants of Hurricane Irma is causing flooding in the state with early reports of deaths. It also lasted three consecutive days as a category-five hurricane, the longest in the satellite era since 1966. The U.S. military deployed Navy ships and aircraft and hundreds of Marines to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Florida Keys stretch for 112 miles.

Irma's remnants forced Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to cancel almost 200 flights early Tuesday.

Damaged houses are seen from the air after Hurricane Irma roared across the Florida Keys.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told an investor conference in NY that the storm would ultimately boost the economy by sparking rebuilding. "As we rebuild, that will help GDP".

A statement from Cuban civil defence authorities said the victims died form various causes such as accidents, collapsed buildings and not heeding orders to evacuate in the four provinces of Havana, Matanzas, Sancti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila, where the storm hit hard.

A man was found dead in Winter Garden, Florida, after being electrocuted by a downed power line, local police said. The storm was weakening, but still potent, as it traveled northward through Georgia and SC. Harvey meandered along the gulf coast of Texas for days and resulted in one of the most disastrous flooding events in US history.

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