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The death toll left behind by Hurricane Irma continued to rise Wednesday, as five people died at a South Florida nursing home that apparently was without air conditioning, according to local officials.
As Florida recovers from Irma, Jacksonville has historic flooding — and might get more. A Marriott rescue ship left stranded tourists behind because they weren’t guests of the hotel
As many as 25 percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday evening, and as many as 65 percent of homes suffered major damage.
The Lower Keys are still completely without power, but the Florida Keys Electric Co-op, which provides service to the Upper Keys, says about 30 percent of the region does now have electricity. Some areas, mostly in the Upper Keys, have water, but food and water distribution stations have been set up in Key West.
Officials in storm-ravaged Palm County, Fla. have vowed to “come down hard” on people who abandoned their pets while they fled Hurricane Irma.
Animal control officers found at least 49 abandoned dogs in the region, and some of them were tied up or fenced in, which puts the animals in peril during a storm as vicious as Irma, which touched down in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. READ MORE: Hurricane Irma: What we know about the devastation caused by the monster storm. Do not leave your dogs tied up or chained when evacuating.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Irma's march across Florida and into the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in U.S. history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers.
"I'm soaking up a few last minutes of AC before I return to my house with no electricity," said Eckler, 46, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and went 16 days without power during Hurricane Wilma. "You learn what you can cook on your grill.
That changed when Hurricane Irma veered north Sunday and began barreling toward the twin-cities metropolis of Tampa and St. Peterburg and the western coast of the Florida peninsula.
9:21 p.m.: This article was updated with the National Hurricane Center downgrading the forecast effects in the Tampa Bay area.
Florida residents got a first look of the destruction Hurricane Irma caused as it swept over the state, leaving virtually no area of the peninsula untouched.
Aide Valadares packed up her belongings Monday after Hurricane Irma ripped the roof off of her apartment complex in Miami. Many were shaken by a storm they said was more powerful than they had ever seen.
A grinding chorus of chain saws and generators kicked in quickly after Hurricane Irma's roar left Sweetwater, a small, mostly Spanish-speaking town west of Miami where streets were swamped, fences and trees fell, cars got stuck in floodwater and shed roofs bent like tin foil.
Ahead of the hurricane, the South Florida Water Management District fully opened flood gates to drain water from recent rainstorms into the oceans.
As many as 6.5 million customers woke up in Florida without power on Monday morning, and the storm was still chewing on power lines across the northern part of the state as repair crews were beginning to deploy in the south.
More than 4.4 million of Florida Power & Light’s customers had lost power during the storm, some of them more than once, and utilities in Jacksonville, Tampa and other places were also reporting outages.