Monday, 11 September 2017

Two-thirds of Florida without power after Hurricane Irma, officials say



About 6.5 million homes in Florida, two-thirds of the total, are without power after Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the state, officials say.

 
Relief operations are under way and engineers are working to restore power, but many areas remain stranded.


The islands of the Florida Keys and western parts of the US state bore the brunt of the category-four hurricane.


Irma hit Florida on Sunday, before weakening to a tropical storm as it moved north on Monday.


Media reports link at least four deaths to the storm in Florida. Last week it killed at least 37 people in Caribbean islands.


Florida Governor Rick Scott said it was "going to take some time" before people could return to their homes, the Miami Herald website reports.


Speaking as he went on an aerial tour of the Keys to survey the damage early on Monday, he said:
"Power lines are down throughout the state. We've got roads that are impassable, so everybody's got to be patient as we work through this."




BBC    News.