Hurricane Irma: See the storm's wind and rain blast Florida

Killer Hurricane Irma is set to batter Florida tomorrow

Killer Hurricane Irma is set to batter Florida tomorrow

Hurricane Irma left at least a quarter of the homes in the Florida Keys completely destroyed and another 65% with major damage, according to initial estimates.

More than 180,000 people huddled in shelters in Florida, and officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone.

Arriving in Guadeloupe Mr Macron said that the French government had responded to the crisis with "one of the biggest airlifts since World War Two".

In fact, Irma generated enough cyclone energy on its own to satisfy the NOAA definition of an "average" hurricane season. Forecasters said Jose could be downgraded to a tropical storm later Tuesday and possibly restrengthen later this week.

"I have water, I have food, I have dogs, and I can't get to my house!" one homeowner said to officers at the checkpoint.

Local, state and federal authorities are coordinating airborne relief efforts to bring supplies to residents who didn't evacuate the Keys, Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastes told CBS Miami. In its wake, buildings were torn apart, torrential rains flooded the streets and nearly 7 million homes and businesses were left without power.

After Hurricane Irma forced days-long closures at airports across the state of Florida, evacuees are now starting to head home.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from VOA News, the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse. He said there are mechanics at each site to address any issues in case the generators fail.

Most outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. The storm is currently moving in a northeastward direction.

The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed in, officials said. The hardest hit areas, according to Georgia Power, were DeKalb Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett, and Hall counties where, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, more than 184,000 customers were without power.

HURRICANE IRMA tore through Florida on September 10th, causing widespread flooding and wind damage.

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