Some in Florida Return Home; Trump Says Irma Damage Worse Than Thought

Irma made its first US landfall at 9 a.m. Sunday at Cudjoe Key as a Category 4 storm, packing winds that reached 130 miles per hour.

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted", FEMA administrator Brock Long said.

"... I am also asking available first responders to immediately check in with the health care facilities in their area to make sure nursing homes and assisted living facilities are able to keep their residents safe".

Memorial Park in Jacksonville is one of many sites that has been heavily affected by Hurricane Irma.

Evacuees from Hurricane Irma were early on Wednesday returning to the Florida Keys, where sunrise will give them a first glimpse of devastation that has left countless homes and businesses in ruins.

The U.S. death toll for Irma has increased to 11 people after three deaths were reported in Georgia and one in SC.

Power outages in Florida affected nearly 5 million homes, organizations and businesses, among them gas stations, which need the electricity to keep pumps working.

Heading north, in Charleston, which has experienced record flooding from Irma's storm surge, roughly 13 percent of the stations were without gas. Additionally, flights to and from Florida Keys Marathon International Airport are also suspended until further notice.

Millions of people across the state are now without power, and there is widespread catastrophic flooding. One of the hardest-hit areas was Southwest Florida, where Florida Power & Light is the primary utility company. "We only realized after a while that it was a tree", he said, pointing to a section of heavy log that smashed onto the roof of his house.

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The latest images show homes torn apart after the storm pummelled the region with winds of up to 192km/h.

"I've had a lot of calls from nursing homes", Mr. Scott said Tuesday.

"They told me there is definitely water in the downstairs apartment, which is me", said Keeney, who works as a concierge at the Hyatt in Key West.

Because the Miami Diaper Bank can purchase diapers wholesale, cash donations will fund the most amount of diapers for families in crisis.

Thousands people who rode out the storm in the Keys remain there without water, power and communications. Now, evacuated Floridians are sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic to head home and face monumental cleanups throughout the state. "Whether you are in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, we are here for you and we are here for the long haul". A 62-year-old man who was on his roof was killed in Worth County, which experienced wind gusts of 69 miles per hour, according to Kannetha Clem, a spokeswoman for the Worth County Sheriff's Office.

He says that in both cases the people were running generators in an enclosed garage.

At least three people have died in Georgia as a result of the storm.

- Five storm-related deaths have been reported. 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.


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