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Second Irma-related death reported in Georgia

Second Irma-related death reported in Georgiaā€¯

In the days before and just after Hurricane Irma came ashore in the Florida Keys over the weekend, demand by people fleeing the storm drained at least 60 percent of the gas stations in Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville.

Federal funding also is available to governments and non-profit organizations for emergencies in all 67 Florida counties.

This southwest Florida island was the second place Hurricane Irma made landfall, striking Sunday afternoon as a Category 3 storm. It is hugging the coast as it moves north.

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.

Irma did not cause as much damage in Florida as some forecasters had feared.

With more than 26 river gauges in major flood stage across northern Florida - and Jacksonville's St. Johns River reaching its highest level ever - the storm's impacts were far from over in the region.

He says there is "devastation" and he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma.

Most Keys residents had followed mandatory evacuation orders, but there were some holdouts who had to hunker down as Irma tore over the area known for its fishing and scuba diving. But some people in the hardest hit areas of Florida may have to wait weeks before they get power back.

Remnants of Irma have spread gusting winds, rains and misery around the South even as Florida begins cleaning up from one of the most destructive hurricanes in its history, a storm so big it smashed across virtually the entire peninsula. 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".

Officials were still trying to fully assess the situation in Florida early Monday, AP said. "It's bad now, it's going to continue to get worse", meteorologist Angie Enyedi said. Klotzbach says Irma's energy metric tops all of the first eight named storms, including Harvey, of the 2017 season - combined.

Irma left downed trees and power outages.

Alabama's Emergency Management Agency said wind gusts at 9 a.m. were 40 miles per hour in the southern portion of the state, and Gov. Kay Ivey issued a directive permitting state offices in certain counties to close Monday.

Around the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, where Irma rolled through early Monday, damage appeared modest.

By 5 p.m., Irma had weakened to a Category 2 storm, with 110 miles per hour maximum sustained winds. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.



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