Hurricane Irma: How those receding waters may have saved Tampa

Hurricane Irma: How those receding waters may have saved Tampa

Police across Florida are warning of criminal scams in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

"I just hope everybody survived", he said.

One hotel in St. Augustine where dozens of evacuees were sheltering from the storm lost its roof because of the strong winds, ABC News 4 reported.

The body of a 62-year-old man who climbed a ladder behind his home was found under debris on the roof of his shed in southwest Georgia, where winds topped 40 miles per hour, Worth County sheriff's spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said. "I'll be 92 next month". "Most people are not on the roads". Floodwaters have also risen in areas as far as SC including Charleston.

In North Carolina, more than 63,000 customers don't have electricity, according to Duke Energy. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Florida.

Floridians started to get a sense of how long they'll be in the dark.

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.

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But those on the west coast of Florida - where Irma made its final landfall - will likely have power restored by September 22.

Local authorities told around 90,000 residents of Miami Beach and people from some parts of the Keys they could go home but warned it might not be prudent to remain there. That's 64 percent of the state's power customers, and there are several counties where 80-90 percent of customers are without power.

Other factors - the strength of Irma when it hit (Category 5) and flimsy building construction - helped account for the destruction in these hard-hit islands. Nova Scotia Power tweeted that it was sending 23 employees to Tampa for assist with restoration efforts.

In Miami, which escaped the worst of Irma's winds but experienced heavy flooding, residents in the city's Little Haiti neighbourhood returned to the wreckage of trailer homes shredded by the storm.

Belk said most of the problems early Monday are in southwest Georgia, where winds from Hurricane Irma had picked up to 20-30 miles per hour. Another 65% suffered major damage.

Irma, now weakened to a tropical depression, pounded the Southeast Monday, killing at least three people in Georgia, flooding the coast, sending trees crashing onto homes and forcing the world's busiest airport in Atlanta to cancel hundreds of flights.

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