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Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor

14 September 2017
Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor

Category 2 Hurricane Irma touched down in Florida Sunday, battering the southwestern part of the state with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and severe flooding.

As of about noon, six of 42 bridges in the Keys had been inspected by the Florida Deptartment of Transportation, and none had been cleared of debris and downed power lines enough to be re-opened to vehicles.

At least five deaths in Florida were attributed to Irma, according to ABC News.

A Facebook post by Monroe County Emergency Services, the agency covering the Florida Keys, said, "We've had trees down (everywhere), roads blocked from one end of this county to the other, auto crashes, people hit by limbs, a large barn fire, water shortages, communications failures and even two rocket scientists who decided today would be a GREAT day to kayak down the Ocmulgee River".

SC: 233,000 customers, according to Duke Energy and SCE&G.

Residents of Miami took to social media to show the destruction ravaging their city. After making landfall, Irma has reduced to a Category 2 storm.

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross.

A Navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off Key West to help in search-and-rescue efforts.

During its rainy, windy run up the full 400-mile length of Florida, Irma swamped homes, uprooted trees, flooded streets, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes.

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Forecasters warned that after moving up Florida's west coast, a weakened Irma could push into Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and beyond. At least 36 people were killed in the Caribbean as the storm closed in on the USA mainland.

The region was still without power and running water, though there were no reports of any fatalities.

Neighborhoods like Naples under water. Charleston police asked residents to avoid downtown in anticipation of high tide.

"They normally don't unless it is going to be a Category 3 or higher", he said. As per weathermen, Irma will downgrade to a tropical storm during the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early Monday as it marched up the U.S. state of Florida's northwestern coast, with its eye located about 40km northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area. Schools in the state planned to close Monday.

The officers determined that 51-year-old Brian Buwalda was dead at the scene.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet; North Miami Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to the Ochlockonee River; Florida Keys; and Tampa Bay.

A woman in Georgia died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, according to the website of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.