Florida power company says restoration 'will take weeks' after Irma


Meteorologist Simon Brewer posted a video on Sunday morning of what happened after his fellow meteorologist Justin Drake got out of his vehicle and came face-to-face with Hurricane Irma in Key West, Florida.

Irma, which prompted one of the largest evacuations in United States history, was a Category 4 hurricane about 20 miles (30 km) east-southeast of Key West, Florida, as of 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), the NHC reported.

"We've never had that many outages, and I don't think any utility in the country ever has", FPL Chief Executive Eric Silagy said at a news conference on Monday.

About 250,000 customers in SC are without power as the winds from Tropical Storm Irma topples trees and power lines.

According to the London based Science Magazine, Irma could cover the entire Untied Kingdom and part of Ireland.

At least nine people are dead after the storm battered the states of Florida, Georgia and SC.

Flagler, St. Johns, Duval, Clay and Nassau counties will see high winds and a storm surge slightly lower than that of Hurricane Matthew.

"Because the tropical storm force winds extend 220 miles from the center of the storm, the entire Tampa Bay area should feel at least 39 mph winds by midday today. Winds reach hurricane strength later this evening and overnight", said Spann. A few do take it further west though.

Winds will increase to 25-35 with higher gusts over parts of southwest Alabama today.

The rain bands will have gusty winds that accompany them and the strongest are expected through 6 p.m.to the east of I-65. In advance of the storm, states of emergency were declared in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida.

The weather service said rain totals could range from 2 to almost 3 inches inches over interior south-central Alabama and 1-2 inches farther west. The storm surge for these coastal areas will peak around 5 feet.

Marathon International Airport recently reported a sustained wind of 48 mph (77 kilometers per hour) and a gust to 67 mph (108 kilometers per hour).

He said the curfew will be indefinite or until a neighborhood is deemed safe from downed power lines, overturned trees and storm debris.