Hurricane Irma weakens, continues to lash Florida

Hurricane Irma Update

As Irma slams Florida, little impact expected to be felt in Southside Virginia

The Florida Keys took a direct hit from Irma at one of the storm's most powerful points.

The downgraded storm has killed at least one person in Georgia on Monday, the Associated Press reports. Authorities have warned parts of Puerto Rico could be without electricity for up to six months.

"This is going to be a frustrating event".

Hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity in South Florida as the state deals with the largest statewide outage within the last few decades. Even as the storm tracked inland, cities along the Atlantic coast, such as Charleston and Savannah, saw strong offshore winds push water up into coastal rivers, flooding parts of their downtowns.

Corey Smith, a delivery driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said power was out on the island, there was very limited fuel and supermarkets were closed.

The small French island of St. Barthelemy and the French-Dutch island divided between St. Martin and St. Maarten also were badly damaged.

In response to Irma's damage, Georgia's EMCs are bringing in more than 1,000 crews with extra trucks and equipment from 11 other states.

Both hurricanes might have caused up to $200 billion in damage to Texas and Florida, similar to the costs from Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans in 2005, according to an estimate from Moody's Analytics. The energy companies directly track the number of meters that are "offline", but that doesn't say anything about how many people are impacted by that particular outage.

A US aircraft carrier and other Navy ships have been sent to assist, according to the AP.

But residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed back for their first look.

He wrote on Facebook, "Horrible scenes of complete devastation in the Lower Florida Keys just east of Key West including Summerland, Cudjoe, and Big Pine Keys".

Irma's remnants forced Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to cancel almost 200 flights early Tuesday. The utility companies said they are continuing to assess damage as power is restored.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told an investor conference in NY that the storm would ultimately boost the economy by sparking rebuilding.

Loeffler said she doesn't expect the power to be back on fully in DeKalb County for four or five days. "As we rebuild, that will help GDP. But then once the eye went through all of a sudden, the trees started bending the other way and the water started coming back in the creek, and I've never seen my boat dock underwater".

Sharief said there are no details about the cause of the deaths.

A man died in Worth County, Georgia, on Monday while repairing the roof of a shed during sustained winds of 42 miles per hour (67 kph) with gusts up to 70 miles per hour (112 kph), a National Weather Service report said. The storm was weakening, but still potent, as it traveled northward through Georgia and SC.

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