1.5m still in dark af­ter Irma wipes out powe

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

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.

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