Gov. Rick Scott would like to see storm-battered Key West “open for business” within two weeks, but tourism officials marketing the southern end of U.S. 1 indicate it could take longer.
Hurricane Irma’s official death count in Florida has grown to 42, up from 34 on Monday — and the number is expected to continue increasing. The latest total doesn’t include any deaths from Monroe County, where recovery efforts continue. The Miami Herald has reported at least nine deaths in Monroe, while the county tweeted that it has had eight deaths. Also, a Broward County count grew from six on Monday to seven on Tuesday but still did not list eight…
Florida has preliminarily outlined more than $273 million in Hurricane Irma costs for federal reimbursement, with the money primarily used for storm preparation and debris removal. The projection is from 25 state agencies for impacts from the storm that made landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida and then traveled up the state. The storm, which continued to leave nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses without power Friday morning, also caused still-unknown billions of dollars in damages —…
Electricity remained out Thursday night for about 21 percent of utility customers across the state, as crews continued gradually restoring power after Hurricane Irma. State numbers showed outages for about 2.2 million customer accounts, with Florida Power & Light — by far the state’s largest utility — accounting for about 1.27 million of that total.
Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.
Roads became clogged and fuel supplies strained as more than 1 million people were told to find shelter inland, upstate or in neighboring states in advance of massive Hurricane Irma, which will blanket most of Florida this weekend.
Floridians bracing for the pounding winds and rains of powerful Hurricane Irma are complaining at a historic clip about price gouging and shortages of fuel, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday.