Hurricane Irma leaves millions in FL without power

As Hurricane Irma departs Florida and moves into Alabama and Georgia as a tropical storm, almost 6 million are without power in Florida, according to a report from Southern Company. It is expected to take weeks to restore power to South Florida where damage was most severe.

A New York times report summed up the damages to date:

  • As of 8 a.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and was moving north northwest about 30 miles northeast of Cedar Key, Fla., a small island city near the state‚Äôs northwest coast.
  • Forecasters expect it to stay inland over Florida as it heads into Georgia, before moving on to Alabama and Tennessee.
  • At least four people in Florida have been killed by the storm. It has left at least 27 people dead across the Caribbean.
  • The National Weather Service reported Monday that flooding from a storm surge in Jacksonville had exceeded an all-time record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.

The League of Southeastern Credit Unions is currently assessing the situation in Tallahassee, where our offices are closed and will remain closed Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Birmingham office will remain open.