Hurricane Irma: Floridians allowed to return to some of the hard-hit Keys

Hurricane Irma: Floridians allowed to return to some of the hard-hit Keys

Irma made landfall on Sunday morning over Cudjoe Key at 9:10a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported.

Stay with WSBTV.com and Channel 2 Action News over the next several days for the most updated information around the clock.

Irma first made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing 130 miles per hour winds and a storm surge of 10 feet.

Numerous evacuation orders extended until at least Monday due in part to flooding, massive power outages and downed electric lines, leaving residents unable to return to their homes to survey any damage. Another man was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength, officials said.

Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday.

FPL, the state's largest utility, said its outages dipped to around 2.5 million customers by Tuesday evening from a peak of more than 3.6 million on Monday morning, but that was still more than half of its customers. It also caused flooding and outages in Georgia and SC as it moved inland. Today morning, the rainy remnants of Irma pushed through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia.

Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummeling with winds up to 210 kph Sunday, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions and toppling massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.

We have teams of reporters and photographers fanned out throughout Florida and Georgia for continuing coverage of Hurricane Irma. In Coral Gables, near Miami, fallen trees made streets look like jungles, and damaged power lines buzzed. People in these counties can expect winds of 70 to 90 miles per hour.

Mr Saxon was using a chainsaw to cut up fallen tree limbs outside his home when he was struck.

The state Department of Transportation's online traffic site reported stop and go traffic for 90 miles on Interstate 95 from north of the Interstate 26 exit to the Georgia state line.

Up and down the wide, sandy beaches of Pinellas County are traditional "old Florida" waterfront hotels such as the Don Cesar, a coral pink 1920s hotel on St. Pete Beach, which was closed by the storm.

In Miami-Dade County, where roads flooded and debris flew, around three-quarters of residents (820,000 out of 1.1 million) are without power as of Monday. North Carolina: More than 166,000 customers, according to Duke Energy South Carolina: 233,000 customers, according to Duke Energy and SCE&G.

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The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed in, officials said.

Officials were struggling Monday to reach areas of the Florida Keys, as some of the islands were hard to access.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office placed a curfew on its beaches Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Earlier forecasts of a storm surge of at least 5 feet have yet to be verified.

Irma turned Jacksonville's Memorial Park into an unrecognizable lake.

While Hurricane Irma, of Category 5, lashed out at the state, the police helped the evacuated woman, taking her to the Baptist Hospital in Kendall.

Hurricane Jose formed less than a week after Hurricane Irma, and he's possibly headed toward the U.S.

In Charleston, waters in the harbor peaked at almost 10 feet high, the SC city's third-highest reading, topping Hurricane Matthew in 2016, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year.

United States media reports suggest Hurricane Irma has claimed at least four lives in Florida, after killing at least 37 in the Caribbean islands last week.

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