Irma Weakens to Tropical Depression - National Hurricane Center

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A tree falling onto an occupied vehicle Monday killed a woman in Fosyth County.

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

"We have a restoration workforce of more than 19,000 personnel from 30 different states and they're all working throughout our service territory trying to restore power", said Florida Power & Light spokesman Richard Gibbs.

Millions of people were still without power in Florida.

"For many EMCs, much of the day will be spent cutting into areas where damage has occurred and removing trees before repairs can be made to hundreds of broken poles and dozens of spans of downed wire", GEMC said in a news release.

Bossert said the federal government's top priority is still "life-saving, life-sustaining" particularly in the Keys and Jacksonville, which is experiencing some of the worst flooding in a century.

In terms of economic losses, Irma is expected to be one of the most expensive tropical cyclones in history, the WMO predicts, given a number of records that it has refreshed.

All around Immokalee - an inland south-west Florida town of 24,000, where almost half the residents live in poverty - was evidence of Hurricane Irma's power. More than 894,000 Georgia Power and Electric Membership Corp. customers were in the dark Tuesday afternoon. Officials closed major bridges.

The White House said Monday it will take "weeks" to fully restore electricity to Florida following Hurricane Irma, which left more than half of Floridians without power according to some estimates.

Hands folded and brown eyes hollow, Mario Valentine sat on his faux-leather couch, staring at the cracked white panels and shredded pink insulation that, before the storm, had been the front wall of his mobile home.

Damaged sail boats are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys. "Some of these houses it doesn't look like there's any damage".

"We had somewhat of a similar situation with Matthew, but this is the first time we've had something like this happen in the 10 years I've been here", said Smith. Sea World and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay said Monday that they are assessing damage and would announce their reopening plans later.

Gusts topping 90 miles per hour whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to most of the city's residents.

At least five deaths were reported from the storm in Florida. Rick Scott's office reported Monday that 5.8 million people were without electrical power. 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. Portions of coastal SC flooded as well. "We will be bringing some customers back, but it may take a couple more days; it may take over a week to get customers back on", he said.

At least 26 people were arrested for burglary and looting Sunday night in Miami, and schools, airports and Orlando's DisneyWorld were on the list of closures.

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