Access restored to displaced residents of Upper Florida Keys

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At least 10 people were killed in Cuba by Hurricane Irma, a lot of them crushed by collapsing buildings, authorities said on Monday, bringing the death toll from the ferocious storm to 38 in the Caribbean.

However, Irma is expected to fizzle out over land while Hurricane Jose will make a loop before moving west again. Nearly 1½ million had no power in Georgia, which experienced the oddity of tropical storm warnings over Atlanta, more than 800 miles from where Irma made its first US landfall.

The number of people left without power in Florida increased to 5.8 million overnight as Irma downed trees and flooded streets throughout the entirety of the state, state officials said Monday.

FPL said it was still assessing the damage and could not yet say when it would restore service to most customers.

School was canceled in communities around Georgia, where more than 1.2 million customers were still without power Tuesday.

After battering Cuba and several Caribbean islands for most of a week as it crept slowly northwestward, Hurricane Irma turned north into Florida on September 10, 2017. A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages dipped below 2.9 million by Tuesday morning from a peak of over 3.6 million Monday morning.

An electrical worker repairs traffic lights in Naples, Florida.

Irma is now a tropical storm - but it still poses severe flooding threats across Florida and into neighboring states. "On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the northwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula this morning, cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia this afternoon, and move through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama tonight and Tuesday".

Irma scrambled transport in the major tourist hub, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and one of the largest evocations in US history.

Irma smacked the Keys 57 years to the day after Hurricane Donna hit the same area in 1960, destroying almost 75 percent of the island chain's buildings. The storm damaged power lines and some building cranes.

We're in the middle of the most active part of what's been a busy hurricane season so far.

The city appeared to avoid a direct hit from the hurricane, which has claimed three lives in the United States so far, but heavy rain and flooding is still a major threat.

The massive storm, which had menaced Florida for days and triggered evacuation orders covering 5.6 million people, made two official landfalls on Sunday, reports The Washington Post.

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