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Millions without power in Florida as deadly Irma plows north

13 Septembre 2017

Irma has left more than 3.3 million without power in Florida, and continues to bring life-threatening storm surge and powerful winds.

A Twitter user with the handle @ReturntheHunter posted a screenshot of his phone that showed Pokemon Go, the popular game, suggesting early on Sunday morning that it was a "great time" to explore local parks, just as hurricane warning alerts arrived from the National Weather Service.

Hillsborough County will remain in a state of emergency another week, a move created to remind residents to stay alert and to allow funding flexibility for relief efforts. She had no further details.

Irma has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm in the latest update at 8 a.m. Monday from the National Hurricane Center.

"A few tornadoes are possible across northeast Florida and southeast portions of Georgia and SC through tonight", the hurricane center said.

About 16,500 permanent residents live in the affluent enclave of Marco Island; officials estimate that 3,000 to 5,000 people chose to stay during the hurricane.

"In the street right now, the water is knee-to-waist deep", Zeller said.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander is already in the region, which bore the brunt of one of the most powerful storms on record and where residents and holidaymakers are becoming increasingly desperate. Mr. Love said he had anxious that he might not be able to bring home his father, Richard, who is disabled, but a couple that he befriended at the shelter volunteered their pickup truck to help.

"We're having over 30,000 individuals from out of state helping us get our power back on", Governor Scott told reporters while touring flood damage in the northeast city of Jacksonville. Authorities haven't reported any fatalities, and Murphy says there are a few "very minor injuries". More than 4,200 US flights scheduled for Monday were cancelled.

Miami International Airport has resumed passenger and cargo flights, saying it will have a limited schedule on Tuesday.

By Monday afternoon, more than 800,000 Georgia Power and EMC customers mostly in coastal and south Georgia were without power.

Some Florida utilities, including FPL, had warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas. A 57-year-old man was struck by a falling tree limb during the storm.

"At its height, the storm generated a almost 10-foot tide", the Post and Courier reports. It has weakened into a post-tropical cyclone and was expected to further fizzle out throughout the day, bringing "generally moderate rain" to a wide area of the Southeast and Tennessee and OH valleys, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Savannah saw winds Monday strong enough to make palm trees bend and sway.

Cooper said two rescue teams have been sent to Florida to help with recovery there. No serious injuries were reported.

Most traffic lights in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, were not functioning on Monday morning, and sand, blown from the county's beaches, covered the A1A highway.

Miami Beach began to allow residents to return home from 8am on Tuesday, its mayor said, with more evacuation orders expected to be lifted.

"Since much of Florida's gasoline delivery occurs via barge, all eyes will remain on port conditions as the storm passes", said Jeanette Casselano, a spokesperson for AAA, adding that power outages, impassable roads and debris are hindering efforts to refuel Florida stations.

Millions without power in Florida as deadly Irma plows north