Massive Irma recovery efforts in Florida to begin

Hurricane Irma lashes Florida's Gulf Coast

Hurricane Irma lashes Florida's Gulf Coast

Florida was not alone.

Warnings of storm surges remained in place in several areas of south and central Florida, including the heavily populated Tampa Bay region.

When Irma was still a hurricane over Florida, it weakened and lost its very defined "eye" - but forecasters are still tracking the tropical storm by calculating where it's center of circulation is located. "I've just started things off with my initial $250,000 contribution", he wrote in an essay published Saturday (September 9) on The Players' Tribune. Duke Energy Inc. estimated that Irma could knock out service to more than 1 million customers; about 863,000 were without power. Mr Love said he had worried that he might not be able to bring home his father, Richard, who is disabled, but a couple that he befriended at the shelter volunteered their pickup truck to help.

"I hope there aren't too many people in the path", he said. "I just don't know".

This is because, historically, small islands have been essential maritime or colonial hubs or trading posts.

That was the grateful mantra on the lips of many on Monday.

It's still too early determine exactly how much it will cost to rebuild the state, but some estimates say Irma's damage could total as much as $100 billion, making it one of the costliest hurricanes of all time, according to AccuWeather President Joel Myers.

Trump said the US Coast Guard had been heroic and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was doing a good job to help coordinate the response with states. In the Keys, though, he said "there is devastation". On Friday, NextEra Energy Inc.'s Florida Power & Light utility was warning that 4.1 million of its customers could lose power.

Floods reached a record 5.03 feet in Jacksonville. "The St. Johns River has not seen these flooding levels since 1846", the City of Jacksonville tweeted.

"It's going to take us a long time to get power back", Gov. Rick Scott said.

"If you need to get out, put a white flag in front of your house".

Irma could set a new benchmark as insurers tote up losses in the coming weeks, writes Glenn McGilivray, a managing director at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, in Toronto. "The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded".

Marilyn Miller awoke in St. Petersburg at 1:30 a.m. Monday to a pitch-black house.

Before reaching the United States, Irma smashed through a string of Caribbean islands from tiny Barbuda on Wednesday, to the tropical paradises of Saint Barts and Saint Martin, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos.

"This is a city that, for whatever reason, dodged a bullet", Buckhorn said.

After Hurricane Wilma knocked out power to millions of Floridians, FPL spent $3 billion over the past decade to bolster the power grid.

It became clear, Miller said, that her neighborhood would not be the priority.

Top insurance companies have gathered in Monaco to negotiate reinsurance prices and to strike underwriting deals, Reuters reports. "We've got to work hard to get them their power back".

There's been a devastating trail of destruction and flooding along the east Atlantic coast in the last few weeks following Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma.

That was a familiar story: People who evacuated from Miami to Tampa. "It's horrible, what we saw".

"If this had been a Category Four hurricane, the whole scenario would have been completely different".

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