1.5m still in dark after Irma wipes out powe
MORE than one million homes and businesses in Florida and Georgia remain without power after they were caught in Hurricane Irma’s deadly path.
Irma, which ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the US mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on September 10, killed at least 84 people. Several hard-hit Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, suffered more than half the fatalities.
Florida Power and Light, the state’s biggest electricity supply company, said it was working aggressively to restore power to the 23 per cent of its customers still in the dark. The utility company has never had to deal with a storm affecting its entire service territory, company spokesman Rob Gould said.
“It will go down as one of the largest and most complex restoration efforts in history,” Mr Gould said. “Now we are literally into the house-to-house combat mode.”
The storm’s death toll to at least 33 people in Flo after a woman died of suspe carbon monoxide poiso from a generator.
Eight elderly people earlier this week after b exposed to the heat insi nursing home north of M that had been left without airconditioning.
A damaged house.