Gas shortages spread north with Irma as Florida struggles to refuel

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Irma's initial forecasts kept the storm in the Atlantic. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in SC.

"Our command center here is running and very much hopping as we support both Houston and Florida", Holmes said.

More than 1.3 million people across the state were without power Tuesday at noon.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday, before weakening to a tropical storm as it moved north on Monday.

Downed power lines: There are many power lines down, Bowden said, and the main power pole off the island also went down in the storm.

"I just hope everyone survived", Governor Rick Scott said.

"This is one where the entire state of Georgia has been affected by this hurricane slash tropical storm".

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Beyond the Keys, Floridians were anxious to return and see how their homes weathered the storm.

During a press briefing on Monday, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said the Florida Keys "are going to take a while" and likely won't be "fit for re-entry for regular citizens for weeks".

Coastal communities reported rising flood waters in streets, three Miami construction cranes fell and a sewage pump in Hialeah failed.

Monday, emergency management was still on a level 1 activation.

Here's a look at some of the destruction Irma left in her wake.

Irma was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression Monday night, but is still expected to bring torrential rainfall as far north as North Carolina on Tuesday.

On the west coast of Florida, drone footage from Naples, a town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico about 200km to the north-west, shows rows of shattered suburban homes on streets under water.

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No timetable was given for for reopening the remainder of the Keys. Another person died in Miami-Dade County from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a generator indoors, according to the Miami-Dade mayor's office.

Collier, Lee, Volusia, Brevard and Hillsborough counties each had more than 200,000 customers in the dark.

The hurricane's wrath in the Sunshine State extended the full length of the state and reached from the west coast to the east.

"Don't drive over down power lines, into standing or moving water, and make sure you have a good spare tire", a representative said.

Irma is plowing into Georgia and toward other parts of the Deep South - Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas. People on St. Martin/St. Maarten, Anguilla, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands are in desperate need of supplies and also more security as there are reports of looting.

Experts say we could have as many as 19 tropical storms by the end of November - tying it for the third most active Atlantic season on record.

Hurricane Irma's winds expected to arrive in Bradenton by late afternoon
The company said it has assembled the largest pre-storm workforce in US history, with more than 16,000 people ready to respond. Florida Power & Light, the state's major electricity provider, has almost 20,000 workers deployed around the state.

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