Irma weakens into a tropical depression

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Police across Florida are warning of criminal scams in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Another 65% suffered major damage.

Hubert Baudoin, who has lived in the Keys for 30 years and owns two restaurants and a hotel, boarded up his properties to protect them from the storm and took shelter with a friend in a concrete shelter Mr. Baudoin built after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Also as a result of the hurricane, at least three people have died in Georgia and at least another two in SC, said local media reports.

The hurricane made US landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

That's because numerous islands are now inaccessible.

"I have classes and I have work and stuff", said college student Alexandra Olson, who will be returning to Gainesville.

A crane was also reported to have partially collapsed at a construction site on NE 31st Street.

The Florida Keys stretch for 112 miles. On Tuesday, he lifted an evacuation order but warned returning residents would have to navigate serious flooding and road blockages.

"There's devastation. I just hope everybody survived", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Monday after flying over the area.

As anxious residents lost patience, tensions climbed.

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Sam Nuccio drove down to check on his house in Big Pine Key, but was told to turn around. "I believe that's what's going on".

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority issued a notice to boil water, and small water distribution systems broke down during the storm, leading to low water pressure and widespread water outages.

She let boat owner Carl Spavold stay in her condo, which he said saved his life.

That's to help if you run out of fuel. "If you can hang around long enough you'll see that", Spavold said.

The post Floridians assess damages as weakening Hurricane Irma heads north appeared first on PBS NewsHour. There was also a chance a tornado could strike the area.

In the span of 24 hours, Irma became a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.

A boatyard was turned into a jumble of insurance claims. "The Keys are not fit for re-entry for regular citizens for weeks".

FPL is restoring power according to its detailed plan, restoring it first to critical services, next to large commercial areas.

Eric Silagy's job is to turn all the light back on. In fact, at least 12 million residents continue to remain without power in Florida.

"We have received quite a bit of flooding in Chatham County".