Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida

A bed sits amongst the remains of its room in a home demolished from Hurricane Irma in Goodland Fla. Tuesday Sept. 12 2017

A bed sits amongst the remains of its room in a home demolished from Hurricane Irma in Goodland Fla. Tuesday Sept. 12 2017

About seven million people throughout Florida and adjoining states remained without power; 23,000 electrical workers from Florida and thousands more from other states were at work restoring service, but it could be weeks before all downed wires and flooded-out distribution systems can be repaired. A number of people who had fled the Keys and checked into our hotel were struggling to keep in touch with relatives who had chose to stay behind. About 2,000 customers there are still without power. Those involved in relief efforts in the Keys expect to find casualties, but Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said she expected a low count because "so many people evacuated".

Hurricane Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm on August 25 in Texas, and according to the Weather Channel, had winds of 130 miles per hour.

It passed the Tampa Bay area early Monday on its way to northern Florida.

In the Florida Keys, which were struck by the storm at a Category 4 strength, the situation seems far more dire. As the storm pushed north, outage figures were increasing at other large utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp DUK.N , Southern Co SO.N and Emera Inc EMA.TO .

The massive storm, which had menaced Florida for days and triggered evacuation orders covering 5.6 million people, made two official landfalls on Sunday, reports The Washington Post. "It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely", he said in a statement.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles from the center.

Clearing roads: Roads are the main concern, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, as thousands of trees are down.

A member of the Arizona Task Force 1 search and rescue team knocks on doors while checking on homes and their owners after Hurricane Irma in Goodland Fla. Tuesday Sept. 12 2017
Most of the houses in southern Florida weren't built to today's hurricane codes

But residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed back for their first look.

Although rainfall stopped in Jacksonville Monday afternoon, the water began rising and washing into downtown.

FEMA was continuing to rescue people stranded by flooding around Jacksonville, in the state's northeast, he said. He said nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes. The previous record was held by Typhoon Haiyan, also called Super Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the Philippines in 2013.

Irma also pummeled the Charleston area on Monday with over 8 inches of rain and a almost 10-foot storm surge.

The Florida Keys could get 10 to 20 inches of rain, and the western peninsula could get 10 to 15 inches. They're only part of this year's unusually active hurricane season. It followed Hurricane Harvey, which plowed into Houston late last month, killing about 60 and wreaking some $180 billion in damage, largely through flooding.

Irma continued with it maximum wind speed of 300 km/h for 37 hours, the longest any cyclone around the globe has maintained that intensity on record.

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