43% of Florida Without Power

Four-point-three million homes and businesses are still without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Irma. That’s 42 percent of Florida’s utility customers. 266,000 in Palm Beach and 400,000 are without power in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Still, it could be days or even weeks before power is fully restored. Thousands of traffic signals are not operational. Treat improperly functioning traffic lights as four way stops and be mindful of the right of way.

The Florida Keys took the biggest hit from the massive storm.. with nearly every structure either damaged or destroyed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said an estimated 25% of houses in the Florida Keys were destroyed and another 65% suffered major damage.

FEMA has a heads-up for those who sustained losses because of Hurricane Irma. You can sign up for help if you live in counties under an individual assistance declaration. Those counties in South Florida include Broward, Charlotte, Lee, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Monroe. You can register by going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA app or by calling 800-621-3362.

 

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