Hurricane Irma thrashes Florida

Faith Castro
September 13, 2017

Among the seven, three died from auto crashes; one was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength; another was electrocuted by a downed power line and pronounced dead at the scene. Its eye finally spun out of Florida on Monday and was moving inland, first over south Georgia as the storm system gradually weakened. "Life-threatening storm surge" is a danger along portions of the coasts of Florida, Georgia and SC, the NHC said.

More than two million people were also left without power across the state, which is home to President Trump's famous resort, Mar-a-Lago, located in Palm Beach on the east side of the state.

Most outages were still in FPL's service area in the southern and eastern parts of Florida.

More than six million people have been ordered to evacuate the southern end, that's about a third of the state's population. It flooded streets and coasts, swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes.

BOOKER: Millions of residents in Florida are eagerly awaiting electricity to come back on. "We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we're trying to stay in touch", said Suzanne Trottier, who left her Key West, Florida, home for Virginia nearly a week ago ahead of Irma. "Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted", FEMA administrator Brock Long said. They also have asked the federal government to kick in 11 million meals and millions more liters (gallons) of water, plus almost 700 cases of baby supplies. They suspect they may find fatalities.

Hurricane Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, weakened to a Category 1 storm yesterday but remained unsafe as it continued its furious climb up Florida's south-west coast.

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That's because numerous islands are now inaccessible.

Every few minutes during the height of the storm, he sent another dispatch. He kept his humor though, texting to "send cold beer" at one point.

In Tallahassee where the effects of Irma, now a tropical storm, are still being felt, some 29,000 customers remain in the dark.

CNN's Chris Cuomo and Ed Lavandera reported from Naples, where conditions quickly deteriorated as Irma got closer.

It finally hit the mainland as a big wide beast, but not quite as monstrous as once feared. Other factors - the strength of Irma when it hit (Category 5) and flimsy building construction - helped account for the destruction in these hard-hit islands.

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