Sept. 14 (UPI) — At least 31 people in three states were reported dead from the effects of Hurricane Irma, state agencies said Thursday.
Officials in Monroe County, Fla., which includes the hard-hit Florida Keys, said that seven people died in the county during the hurricane, but it is unclear how many of those deaths were storm-related.
Search and rescue teams, aided by military personnel, are traveling house-to-house in the Key islands to provide any relief needed by residents who didn’t evacuate. Irma was a Category 4 hurricane when it struck the area on Sunday, and FEMA reported that about 25 percent of buildings in the 110-mile island chain were destroyed.
Four people also died in South Carolina and three in Georgia when the storm made its way north.
While South Florida deals with recovery efforts, Jacksonville in northeast Florida lost 200 utility poles and 300 transformers in record flooding. The city’s downtown area was among several areas that saw significant floods.
JEA, the city’s electricity provider, said 280,000 customers lost power in the storm and 108,000 still had no electricity on Thursday. The utility added that it could take another week to restore all power.