Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Georgia Power poised to respond to Irma power outages

Georgia Power poised to respond to Irma power outages

"You can't survive these storm surges", Scott said.

Florida Power & Light, the state's major electricity provider, has almost 20,000 workers deployed around the state. Authorities also struggled to clear the single highway connecting the string of islands to the mainland.

Florida [U.S.A], September 10: Category-4 Hurricane Irma has begun its assault on Florida, the south-easternmost U.S. state, with the storm's northern eyewall reaching the lower Florida Keys on Sunday after making landfall in Cuba.

More than 6.3 million people in Florida were told to evacuate, with warnings of a huge storm surge that would be "life-threatening" to anyone in its path. Monday night, the storm had weakened to a tropical depression near Columbus, Georgia. The Upstate and the southern Mountains of North Carolina and northeast Georgia are under a high wind watch and heavy rain remains in the forecast.

- At least 26 deaths have been blamed on Irma in the Caribbean islands, where it hit before barreling toward Florida.

Officials have warned of a humanitarian crisis in the islands of the Florida Keys. Police departments throughout the state are not answering calls for help during hurricane conditions and storm surges. "We will work on those at first light. I just don't know". "We are trying to do everything that we can to get people safe", he said.

Forecasters warned that Irma remained unsafe as it toppled trees and power lines, tore up roofs and threatened coastal areas with storm surges as high as 15 feet.

Flash floods and mudslides are likely as well.

Irma could send 50 to 60 miles per hour wind gusts and floods to Atlanta on Monday night, ABC reported.

By Sunday morning, the Tampa-St.

Hurricane Jose is moving away from a string of Caribbean islands - a welcome reprieve to the area, which was already pummeled earlier this week by Hurricane Irma. In the Keys, though, he said "there is devastation".

Our entire state will be impacted by this storm.

All around the region, millions of homes and businesses lost power during Irma's passage, with many of those outages in Florida. "If you're outside, get inside and shelter in place". There were no immediate reports of tornadoes touching down.

Also, more than 70 percent of the customers of the two largest electric utilities in Florida were without power, according to the State Emergency Response Team.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St. The area has not been struck by a major hurricane since 1921, when its population was about 10,000, National Hurricane Centre spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

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