When Will My Power Be Back? FPL Urges Patience

This video grab made from satellite footage obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the eye of Hurricane Irma passing near the Florida Keys and above Cuba at 1147UTC

This video grab made from satellite footage obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the eye of Hurricane Irma passing near the Florida Keys and above Cuba at 1147UTC

Irma made landfall on the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday, but officials still have no idea how bad the damage there is. As of Tuesday morning, power had been restored to about 40 percent of those customers. As it continued on its path toward Georgia, the storm was expected to weaken.

Hurricane Irma is so strong that it is pulling water away from coastlines, an unusual phenomenon taking place in certain areas of Florida's west coast.

Long said his biggest concern is when people fail to listen to early warnings from local government officials and then try to make a last-ditch effort to try to get to a shelter or another facility that will withstand severe winds.

Florida outages for Duke, the state's second biggest power company serving the northern and central parts of the state, remained at about 1.2 million overnight, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.

Hurricane Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, weakened to a Category 1 storm yesterday but remained unsafe as it continued its furious climb up Florida's south-west coast. In its wake, it has left some 5.8 million homes and businesses in the state without power, Reuters reported.

Irma will move near the northwestern coast of the Florida peninsula this morning, cross the eastern Florida panhandle into southern Georgia this afternoon, and move through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama tonight and Tuesday. That number includes six in Florida, three in Georgia, and one in SC. At least two dozen people died in the storm there and reports suggested almost all buildings on some islands had been destroyed. That toll included 10 killed in Cuba and state media said most of those died in Havana, where seawater surged deep into residential neighbourhoods.

Communication has been cut to some of the Keys, AP reports.

"I just hope everybody survived", Scott said after flying over the archipelago Monday.

Key West resident Laura Keeney was waiting in a Miami hotel until it was safe to return to the island chain and anxious to hear more about her apartment complex.

This was the first time that all the counties in FPL's range had been impacted by Irma, Gould said.

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