Florida Governor Says There Is "Devastation" In The Keys

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It forced evacuation orders for millions of people - many of whom are now facing the task of rebuilding and repairing their homes.

Anxious relatives, generous volunteers and frantic neighbors turned to social media after Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to many communities around Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys. Governor Rick Scott has warned of a possible humanitarian crisis in the region "My heart goes out to the people on the Keys".

Recently planted palm trees lie strewn across the road as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla. The plan is to drop off damage assessment teams in Key West before traveling to Opa-locka in the afternoon.

- In Venice, Florida, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state.

Five deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia and one in SC.

Florida Governor Says There Is
Florida Governor Says There Is "Devastation" In The Keys

The National Hurricane Center was monitoring another hurricane, Jose, which was spinning in the Atlantic about 700 miles (1,130 km) west of Florida. Irma sent 4 feet of ocean water into downtown Charleston, South Carolina, as the storm's centre passed 400 km away.

Storm surge warnings were in place for Tampa Bay, from the South Santee River in SC to the Flagler/Volusia County line on the Atlantic Coast and from Cape Sable northward to the Ochlockonee River on the Gulf of Mexico.

Last month, Trump paid two visits to Texas after Hurricane Harvey tore through the state leaving behind extensive flooding. More than 30,000 customers are without power in the Columbus area, and Georgia Power has advised local emergency personnel that they will not be sending out crews to fix damaged lines while the weather is poor. "It is too early to put percentages or dollar figures to damage until we get into the neighborhoods", the county commissioner, Heather Carruthers, said in a statement. Most of the outages were in Southeast Florida.

South Carolina Electric & Gas reported more than 13,000 customers without service Monday. In Boynton Beach, near Palm Beach, two men posing as power company workers stole almost £10,000 in jewellery from a 95-year-old woman. The figure is for private insurance losses in Florida and the Caribbean but does not count losses from the National Flood Program. "We will work on those at first light". The storm's winds, heavy rain and surging seas have crippled the state after 6.5 million people were ordered to evacuate to other areas.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency along the St. John's River, warning that flood waters, now at their highest level in history, could rise further.

Information provided by The News Service of Florida.