The death toll from Hurricane Irma has climbed to 22 in the
United States following its path of destruction across the
Caribbean and through the Southeast U.S. over the weekend,
while power has now been restored to over 2 million customers
And Monroe County announced Tuesday night that all 42 bridges
in the county were inspected and “deemed safe for vehicles.”
By late Tuesday, Florida Power & Light Co. had restored
power to 2.3 million customers, which was 40 percent of those
affected across the state; about 4.4 million customers in
Florida are still without power as of Tuesday afternoon. The
company said its customers on the state’s east coast should
expect most power to be restored by about Sept. 17, while
customers on the state’s west coast should expect most power to
be restored by Sept. 22.
PHOTO: Members of the Pinto family gather on the ground floor
of a hotel in Fort Myers, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017. (Timothy
Fadek / Redux for ABC News)
After days of destruction, Irma — the first Category 4
landfall in Florida since 2004 — has dissipated. Now,
evacuated Floridians are sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic to
head home and face monumental cleanups throughout the state.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he is
set to travel to Florida on Thursday.
PHOTO: SJCFR Urban Search and Rescue teams are finding
numerous homes throughout the county that have been damaged
by high winds, fallen trees and flood waters. (St. Johns
County Fire Rescue/Facebook)
PHOTO: A car sits abandoned in storm surge waters along North
Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard as Hurricane Irma hits the
southern part of the state Sept. 10, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Upper Keys and Miami Beach residents permitted to return home
The Florida Keys had been cut off from the mainland for days
after Irma made landfall on the low-lying islands Sunday
morning as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing 130 mph winds and a
storm surge of 10 feet.
PHOTO: The aftermath of Hurricane Irma is seen in Florida
Keys, Fla, Sept. 11, 2017. (Matt McClain/EPA)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the
storm left “devastation” on the Keys, which were under
mandatory evacuation orders during Irma. At least one person
died in the Keys.
This morning, officials opened entry into the Upper Keys for
residents in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada, up to mile
marker 73, allowing residents to return home and see the damage
Dozens of eager Keys residents parked their cars along U.S. 1
Monday, staying there through the night to make sure they could
get onto the Keys when access was granted, ABC Miami affiliate
But water, power, sewer, medical services and cell service are
still limited, Monroe County officials said today. In the
meantime, shelters and distribution centers for food and water
are being opened.
Florida’s Department of Transportation is also today working to
repair two 300-foot stretches of road on the Keys that was
While the Keys were under mandatory evacuation orders as Irma
neared, not everyone left. Florida Director of Emergency
Management Bryan Koon estimates that about 10,000 people
remained in the Keys during the storm, according to the Miami
County officials are working to restore services and make the
county safe for residents in the Middle and Lower Keys to
return, they said today, adding that this will take time.
Further north, Miami Beach residents were permitted to return
this morning, too.
Miami Beach Cswys are now open to everyone. Expect delays
and use caution. Welcome home! ????
— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews)
September 12, 2017
Clean up efforts were underway this morning on Miami Beach’s
iconic Ocean Drive, which was covered in sand from the storm
surge and wind. The area was littered with downed trees and
street signs, but appeared to escape without major structural
Some business owners this morning removed boards from their
windows, preparing to reopen.
PHOTO: Residents return to Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 12,
2017. (Rachel Scott/ABC News)
Flooding in Jacksonville and Charleston
On Monday, Irma brought heavy rain and wind through the
northern Florida city of Jacksonville as well as South
Carolina and Georgia.
When water raced through the streets of Jacksonville, it
brought record levels of storm surge along the coast and
inland rivers. Over 350 people were rescued from the
flooding, but no casualties were reported there.
PHOTO: Street flooding is prevalent on the Southbank of
downtown as Hurricane Irma passes by in Jacksonville, Fla.,
Sept. 11, 2017. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via
Irma also pummeled the Charleston area on Monday with over 8
inches of rain and a nearly 10-foot storm surge.
PHOTO: A Charleston, S.C. resident puts plastic up over his
apartment door as a car rests in floodwaters near East Bay
Street in Charleston, S.C., Sept. 10, 2017. (Mic Smith/AP)
Storm pummels Naples and Miami
On Sunday Irma passed over Naples, bringing torrential rain
and a powerful 142-mph wind gust. Naples saw nearly 12 inches
of rain and a 7-foot storm surge.
PHOTO: A street is flooded as Hurricane Irma passes through
Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017. (David Goldman/AP)
PHOTO: Hurricane Irma causes damage in an East Naples
mobile home park, in Naples, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. (Daniel
In Miami, which saw winds up to 99 mph, resident Joe Kiener
said he has endured multiple hurricanes in the Caribbean but
had never experienced a storm as brutal as Irma.
“I’ve been in Miami Beach for two years, which is prone to
flooding, but this is completely out of the norm,” Kiener
told ABC News.
PHOTO: A vehicle passes downed palm trees and two cyclists
attempt to ride as Hurricane Irma passes through the area
on Sept. 10, 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty
Kiener boarded up his house and stayed at a high-rise hotel
in Miami. But he had to move down to the lobby after his
hotel room windows took a beating from the strong winds.
“The windows started cracking, and these are massive-impact
windows. They were exposed 12 hours of continuous heavy
winds. At one point in time, one of them started splintering
and that’s when I lost my nerve and said, ‘I’m leaving,'” he
said. “It psyches you out; it’s just the endless hallowing
and pounding of the wind.”
Today the curfew for Miami-Dade County has been lifted as
crews work to clear roads. But half of the county’s traffic
lights are still not working.
PHOTO: A gas station sign lies along Biscayne Boulevard
after Hurricane Irma struck in Miami, Sept. 10, 2017. (Erik
Fatalities in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and the
At least 15 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, died of
storm-related injuries in Florida.
One person was killed in Monroe County, which includes the
Florida Keys. The victim was killed after he lost control of
a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at
tropical-storm strength, officials said.
Two people — a sheriff’s deputy and a corrections officer —
died from a two-car crash in the rain in Hardee County, which
is about 60 miles inland from Sarasota, officials said.
In Winter Park, near Orlando, a man was electrocuted by a
downed power line Monday morning, according to police.
On Tuesday, the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed
five additional deaths. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office
announced the death of three people whom “appear to be a
family of multiple generations.” Fumes from a portable gas
generator appears to have been running inside the house, and
the individuals were overcome by fumes.
PHOTO: Police officers climb atop a vehicle while trying to
salvage it from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in North
Port, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)
Another person died from carbon monoxide poisoning from
improper use of a generator in Miami-Dade County, the mayor
Another person died in Hillsborough County while cutting
fallen tree branches.
Another fatality was from a car crash in Orange County in
At least three people have died in Georgia as a result of the
storm. In Sandy Springs, a man died while lying in bed after
a large tree broke and fell on his home, the Sandy Springs
In Forsyth County, a female passenger died after a downed
tree struck her vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
PHOTO: Evacuees sit inside of the Germain Arena that is
serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma,
Sept. 9, 2017 in Estero, Florida. (Mark Wilson/Getty
A third death was reported in Worth County.
At least four people have died in South Carolina: a
57-year-old man was killed after a tree limb fell on him and
a 21-year-old died in a car crash.
At least 37 others died from Irma in the Caribbean, including
at least 10 in Cuba.
ABC News’ Darren Reynolds, Max Golembo, Dan Peck, Rachel
Katz, Will Gretsky, Jason Volack, Gio Benitez, Rachel Scott,
Ben Gittleson and Ben Stein contributed to this report.