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Officials in Orange County, which includes the central Florida resort city of Orlando, reported a US second fatality, from a single-car crash that was apparently storm-related. The city's Memorial Park has turned into an unrecognizable lake. The St. Johns River rose to record levels, flooding major roadways.

"I have to show up where I hope someone will be, then write it down on paper and use that old standby word of mouth to get the information out".

Hurricane-force winds extended about 80 miles from Irma's eye and tropical storm-force winds covered a massive area 415 miles in diameter.

One woman in Miami's Little Haiti area delivered her own baby, with medical personnel coaching her on the phone because emergency responders were not able to reach her, the city of Miami tweeted.

"It wasn't supposed to be like this", CNN correspondent Sara Sidner said from Daytona Beach. "This is when we are Tampa strong". Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas in August.

Two people are reported dead in Georgia as a result of Tropical Storm Irma's heavy winds and rain.

The first one was over the Florida Keys, which Irma hit as a Category 4 hurricane.

That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.

"This is going to be a very, very lengthy restoration, arguably the most lengthy restoration and most complex in USA history", he said, asking that customers be patient.

Large debris is blocking access, and a 150-foot stretch "has some buckling", Newman said. "We have no cell service, no electricity, and no water", Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said.

But there was some good news: There are no known fatalities on the Keys, Newman said.

Some 5.2 million Florida homes and businesses - close to half the state's electricity customers - were without electricity, along with almost 1 million customers in Georgia, about 140,000 in SC and thousands more in Alabama. "That will take weeks".

Florida's second biggest power company, Duke, serving the northern and central parts of the state, said it still had about 1.2 million outages Tuesday morning, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said the situation was not as bad as it could have been but warned residents that risky storm surge continued.

In South Carolina, the Charleston Harbor area saw major flooding on Monday with water about 3 feet (1 meter) above flood stage and minor flooding is forecast for Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

- In Venice, Florida, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm.

The city of Jacksonville, population 880,000, in northeast Florida ordered urgent evacuations Monday as record floods were set to rise even higher with the afternoon's high tide.

Rain covered the entire state of Georgia and all but the most northeastern part of SC on Monday morning. But that doesn't mean all Floridians should try to go back home. The fire department said there was no damage or injuries.

"The window to make repairs or get deliveries may be quite small" due to Hurricane Jose, said Hillary Stevenson, director of oil markets at research firm Genscape.

Spokesman Rob Gould said Sunday that an estimated 3.4 million homes and businesses will lose power once the worst of Irma reaches the Florida mainland.

The Florida Army and Air National Guard, encompassing 7,000 members was activated by Gov. Scott to assist in response to the storm.

"I didn't see the damage I thought I would see", he reported. A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, some 200 miles from the sea. North Carolina: More than 29,000 customers don't have electricity, according to Duke Energy.

Some schools were closed Tuesday and others planned to open later than usual.

On Wednesday, when Hurricane Irma was at its strongest, it made a series of landfalls on Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands, causing extensive damage.


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