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More than 1m Floridians without power, utility officials say

More than 1m Floridians without power, utility officials say

"North Korea did not launch a new missile, and Hurricane Irma was downgraded, though still looks like it will cause considerable damage, and mess up all the economic data for the next month or so".

Despite its weakening as it passes over land, Irma remains a monster pushing strong winds and flooding in the Southeast, forecasters warned.

The storm affected communities miles inland from Jacksonville, as strong winds blew over part of a Chevron gas station in the city of Live Oak.

There's room for more, County Administrator Mike Merrill said, but he urged people to stay put for now.

FPL chose to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites. Both units at its Turkey Point facility, located about 30 miles (48 km) south of Miami, were shut by early Monday. The waters took their toll on Miami Beach and downtown Miami, leaving some areas in Brickell with waist-deep flooding.

Footage from the Grassy Key island shot by U.S. broadcaster NBC showed downed power lines, felled trees, and streets strewn with debris and vehicles.

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The south to north scenario along a coastline that Irma seems to be taking has always been seen as the most problematic for Floridians because of the few places it leaves for residents to flee from the storm.

Approximately 6.3 million people in Florida were ordered to evacuate their homes due Hurricane Irma.

With Irma's eye beyond the Florida Keys, officials are starting to inspect the damage there. The latest forecast I saw there were from five to eight feet, so it could have a big impact.

President Donald Trump received a "comprehensive update" Sunday on Hurricane Irma after the storm hit the Florida Keys, the White House said, and Vice President Mike Pence urged those in the storm's path to "heed the warnings" of local officials. In Puerto Rico, hundreds of thousands of people remain without power.

Ten people died on Cuba, where Irma hit the northern coast as a Category 5 storm. "I don't have any doubt in my mind that we can support both governors and that as a federal government we can do this and will do this".


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