Some residents went out to find Irma had stolen the water away from the beach. "You are not going to survive this if it happens". Crews will wait until it is safe again for crews to work.
There will be heavy rain accumulations into Wednesday in parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina, forecasters said.
The governor said it was way too early to put a dollar estimate on the damage.
Next, they restore power to critical facilities, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers, and shelters. In many areas, the rain fell heavily. In Alabama, sustained winds of 25-35 miles per hour and gusts possibly as high as 50-55 miles per hour could bring down trees and cause sporadic power outages, the weather service said. Evacuees Of The Keys shared school closure notices, videos of destruction, and many posts from friends and relatives searching for loved ones. Outdoor items should also be secured so they don't blow around and cause more damage.
The crews that are coming will help respond to Georgia Power's 2.5 million customers first, and "then we can deploy to other states if needed", Stone said.
Gusts topping 90 miles per hour whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to most of the city's residents. No major storm damage was reported in Alabama.
Operations at the airport resumed at 4 a.m. EDT, but a check of the airport's website Tuesday morning showed many flights still canceled.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal lifted an evacuation order Tuesday for almost 540,000 coastal residents. Most of that will be confined to areas along and south of Interstate 44.
Downed power lines: There are many power lines down, Bowden said, and the main power pole off the island also went down in the storm.
Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said Hurricane Irma is going to pose challenges for first responders.
Clearing roads: Roads are the main concern, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, as thousands of trees are down.
In an update Saturday, Gov. Roy Cooper said North Carolina emergency response crews weren't letting down their guard. The dead in SC included a man struck by a tree limb while clearing storm debris and a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator inside his mobile home.
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