Apocalyptic scenes in storm ravaged Florida Keys

Apocalyptic scenes in storm ravaged Florida Keys

As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, almost 70 percent of Gainesville stations were empty, up four percent since that morning, while 56 percent were dry in Jacksonville.

As of about 11:30 a.m., Georgia Power reported 32,000 customers without power.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 utility workers from out of state, sent to inspect and fix power lines, were staying in Broward County in cramped conditions at BB&T Centre, home to the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, said Mr Gus Beyersdorf, 40, of De Pere, Wisconsin.

Florida Keys resembles a war zone after it bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma's 209km/h winds at the weekend.

Sellers stayed with family members in a hotel in Orlando during Hurricane Irma.

But there was some good news: There are no known fatalities on the Keys, Newman said.

"There's devastation. I just hope everybody survived", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Monday after flying over the area.

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A street is flooded near the ocean after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Florida, on Saturday local time.

"So when Irma took a turn to the west and went up the west side of the coast, you could hear a sigh of relief in the Florida market".

"The forecast track takes the center then into Georgia tomorrow and ultimately with the system weakening, becoming a tropical depression by Tuesday", Ed Rappaport of the National Hurricane Center said. In Bonita Springs, on Florida's hard-hit southwest coast, large areas were flooded and the entire city was without power. The average price for a gallon of unleaded was $2.65 at mid-morning Tuesday, about the same as a week ago. Another person died in Miami-Dade County from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a generator indoors, according to the Miami-Dade mayor's office. This represents over 59% of all power company accounts in the state, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said.

The city was again spared from a direct hit by a hurricane, as has been its good fortune for more than 90 years running. How? We've got downed power lines all across the state. On that track Jose is forecast to be hundreds of miles east of the Georgia and SC coasts as a hurricane. "For many people, supplies are running low and anxiety is running high", a statement from Monroe County officials said.

In the Jacksonville area, close to the Georgia line, storm surge brought some of the worst flooding ever seen there, with at least 46 people pulled from swamped homes.

Throughout Florida, 62 percent of the state was without electrical power, affecting about 13 million people, the state Emergency Operations Center said Monday evening.

Anxious relatives, generous volunteers and frantic neighbors turned to social media after Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to many communities around Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys.

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