The Florida Keys were hammered by Hurricane Irma, with wind gusts of up to 120 miles per hour and torrential rain. Communication and access were cut and authorities dangled only vague assessments of ruinous impact.
The storm uprooted trees, toppled boats, and left trailer homes completely damaged in Florida.
After leaving a trail of destruction on several Caribbean islands, killing almost 40 people, Irma caused record flooding in parts of Florida.
Most of the power losses were in Florida, but losses in Georgia, which were at about 90,000 households as of 7 a.m. ET, were expected to increase as the storm moved north. Last week it killed at least 37 people as it crossed the Caribbean. More evacuation orders are likely to be lifted on Tuesday. "What's going to happen now?"
Kentucky Power contractors Asplundh Tree Experts, Wright Tree Service, and Davis H. Elliott will join in the effort.
Visitors to Southern Florida have long cherished Marco Island for its beaches, natural beauty, and opportunities for fishing and boating, all while enjoying average temperatures in the 70s and warmer.
State officials said it could take weeks to complete repairs. An aircraft carrier and two other Naval ships are now helping with search-and-rescue operations.
Emergency managers in the islands declared Monday "the Keys are not open for business" and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service and that supplies were low and anxiety high. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar. He also described downed power lines and other debris.
Post-hurricane storm surge in the Florida Keys was limited and it remains unclear if two reported deaths there were storm-related.
"If you need to get out, put a white flag in front of your house".
- More than 17,000 customers have already lost power in Savannah, Georgia. Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday.
It's still way too early to know exactly where Jose will end up, but it wouldn't be a bad idea for the United States to get comfortable with another hurricane making landfall.