Irma spreads flooding, misery in Southeast

Irma spreads flooding, misery in Southeast

Another 65 percent received some damage.

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted in some way", said FEMA administrator Brock Long, according to CNN.

Duncan said his family didn't evacuate from its Panama City home.

By late Sunday night, Florida officials said there were shelters open in 64 of Florida's 67 counties - 573 shelters across the state, holding 155,000 people, The Washington Post reported.

MIAMI-Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-hit Florida Keys as officials pieced together the scope of Irma's destruction and aid rushed into the drenched and debris-strewn state. The agency, though, said the pipeline bringing drinking water from the mainland "appears to be intact".

Storm-shocked Floridians returned to shattered homes on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Irma pushed inland, leaving more than half of all state residents without power and city streets underwater from Orlando and Jacksonville into coastal Georgia and SC. 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". But the weather service reminded residents of Florida's eastern coast that "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" were likely byproducts of Irma.

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Miami International Airport has announced it will be closed Monday and begin only limited flights on Tuesday.

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

Several major airports in Florida that halted passenger operations due to Irma began limited service on Tuesday, including Miami International, one of the busiest United States airports. Each announced a limited schedule. The region has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1921. As of 2 p.m. ET, Irma was centered about 50 miles south-southeast of Albany, Georgia, with winds up to 60 mph. It was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, and was moving east at 6 miles per hour. While the city's mandatory evacuation orders were lifted on Tuesday, Jacksonville's mayor, Lenny Curry, warned that serious flooding continued. A storm surge warning was discontinued from Flagler and Volusia counties south to Jupiter inlet, but a flash flood warning remains in effect for downtown Jacksonville. A 10-foot tide, 4 feet higher than normal, was reported on Monday.

Downed power lines: There are many power lines down, Bowden said, and the main power pole off the island also went down in the storm.

The full damage of Irma, which continued to pose a danger Monday as it made its way north to Georgia and beyond, has yet to be calculated.

Meanwhile, search-and-rescue teams located in Orlando and other staging areas were waiting out the storm until it was safe enough to go out and assess the extent of the damage and injuries.

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