Aircraft Carrier Is Rushed to the Hurricane-Battered Keys


All around the region, more than 7 million homes and businesses lost power at one point from Irma's passage, the brunt of the outages occurring in Florida. Category 4 force wind gusts we recorded in Naples, FL and what's now Tropical Storm Irma is still battering parts of the Gulf Coast and Atlantic as of this writing (Monday evening). It flooded streets and coastal areas, swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes.

Florida's second biggest power company, Duke, serving the northern and central parts of the state, said it still had about 1.2 million outages Tuesday morning, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted in some way", said FEMA administrator Brock Long, according to CNN. "We have no cell service, no electricity, and no water", Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said.

A large military airborne relief operation was being prepared to take help to the islands, which are linked by a dramatic series of bridges and causeways from Key Largo nearly 160 km southwest to the city of Key West, Monroe County Emergency Director Martin Senterfitt told a teleconference.

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. Now contrast that with what we saw rolling in through the day on Monday.

Jacksonville, Florida's largest city by population and the biggest city in the country by area, is dealing with its worst flooding since 1964.Mayor Lenny Curry had ordered more than 250,000 people to evacuate their homes and said Monday emergency crews were in "rescue mode."He warned the serious flooding could be a week-long event".

Curry said at least 100 people in the San Marco area had been rescued by midday.

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Forecasters warned that Irma remained risky as it toppled trees and power lines, tore up roofs and threatened coastal areas with storm surges as high as 15 feet (4.6 m).Tornadoes were also spotted through the southern part of the state.

- Irma continues to weaken as it moves over northern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

Last month, Trump paid two visits to Texas after Hurricane Harvey tore through the state leaving behind extensive flooding. About 5,000 of the Keys' 30,000 permanent residents stayed to ride out the storm, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said.

The hurricane center has discontinued all storm surge and tropical storm warnings.

In Georgia, utilities reported around 1.2 million customers without power Tuesday morning, down from a peak of more than 1.4 million on Monday night.

Tomlinson signed a local state of emergency about 9 a.m. Monday and forwarded it to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office.