What is gasoline situation in Florida, when will it return to normal?
Sep 14 2017 by Lorena Waters
Georgia Power spokeswoman Swann Seiler said fewer outside resources were available to help in Georgia because of massive efforts to restore electricity in hurricane-battered Florida and Texas.
"This was a large, extremely risky catastrophic hurricane", National Hurricane Centre spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said today, when he said the storm was over.
Ports in Tampa Bay and Miami planned to reopen Tuesday, which could help the situation improve.
But the shortages are worse in several major cities around the state.
During its march up Florida's west coast, Irma swamped homes, uprooted trees, flooded streets, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes. US officials have said some 10,000 Keys residents stayed put when the storm hit and may ultimately need to be evacuated. The streets emptied and shops were boarded up before the wind started to howl.
"Florida evacuees should plan their return home very carefully", said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA - The Auto Club Group. About 6.4 million people were told to flee.
He cautioned that recovery could take longer because the storm affected the entire state.
Jacksonville, Florida - the largest city by area in the contiguous United States - is still trying to recover from record-breaking storm surge and flooding on Monday.
With the arrival of what is potentially one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Florida, officials have set aside 0.85 million gallons of water, filled 67 trailers with meals, and amassed 24,000 tarps.
He added, "It is within the realm of possibility that (the water) comes back more dramatically than if it were just a surge blowing up on land without the water being removed from the shore areas by the winds ahead of the eye of the storm".
Dr. Shahid Hamid, a finance professor at Florida International University's International Hurricane Research Center, told FOX Business it is possible that insurance companies will end up in the same position as they were in the 1990s, depending largely on their reinsurance policies. Now around 3 million people live there.
For more than a week - 8.5 days - Irma was a major hurricane, which Klotzbach says puts it second only to Hurricane Ivan in 2004 in the satellite era (which began in 1966). Some locals grumbled about the forecast, even though Florida's west coast had always been included in the zone of probability.
More importantly, the system slowed, delaying its turn north and steering its centre over Florida's the west coast, which is less populated and less densely developed than the east. "When you go in there, you don't know if you're going to come out". About 110,000 remained in shelters across Florida.
Jacksonville and the rest of the east coast, on the other hand, got the northeast brunt of the storm, where winds, surge and rainfall are at the strongest.
Meanwhile, millions of Floridians could be waiting weeks for the lights to come back on. Motorists heading inland from the Tampa area were allowed to drive on the shoulders. "And we certainly understand the frustration", Scholl said.
Florida's governor activated all 7,000 members of the Florida National Guard, and 10,000 guardsmen from elsewhere were being deployed.
Curfews were imposed in Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and much of the rest of South Florida, and some arrests of violators were reported. In Savannah, stately oaks were seen toppled - but local bar Pinkie Masters was serving thirsty customers after opening at 1:30 p.m., Savannah Now reports.
Hurricane Andrew smashed into suburban Miami in 1992 with winds topping 165 miles per hour (265 kph), damaging or blowing apart over 125,000 homes.