South Florida slowly is restoring power and normal life after Hurricane Irma. New photos show how the storm destroyed the Florida Keys.
Here’s what we know so far on Wednesday:
Irma by the numbers:
- 61 confirmed deaths: 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the U.S.
- 7 million people told to evacuate
- 13 million were without power in Florida
- More than $273 million has been spent in Florida on preparations and recovery efforts by several state agencies.
FPL: Nursing home deaths ‘extremely tragic’
Hurricane Irma knocked out power at a Hollywood Hills nursing home, leaving eight of the residents dead. More than 100 residents were moved from the building, which Florida Power & Light authorities said was not on the list of top-tier infrastructure facilities Broward County provided in March.
“What we have seen is something extremely tragic. It points to the need for having plans in advance,” FPL spokesman Rob Gould said. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who have lost their lives.”
Palm Beach County has estimated $303 million in damages total across the county from Hurricane Irma. That includes residences, businesses, parks, roads and more.
Health Department reopens Thursday
Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County will be reopen for services, but clinical services will only be available at the Lantana Health Center and West Palm Beach Health Center.
Delray Beach police officers, firefighters sent out to help
Two captains, two drivers and two firefighters were sent on a rescue truck and an engine to help with efforts in the middle Keys Wedensday. On Thursday, a sergeant and five officers from the police department are headed to the Naples area.
Palm Beach County curfew
The county’s mandatory curfew now runs from midnight through 6 a.m., until further notice, emergency management authorities announced.
Martin County’s curfew was lifted Wednesday morning.
Violate curfew? You may end up like four men who were picked up overnight in Boynton Beach. (They went to jail.) Or the 34 people arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
4 men arrested for curfew violations overnight; 3 of them also in possession of drugs; paraphernalia. All taken to PBC Jail.— Boynton Beach Police (@BBPD) September 13, 2017
County authorities implmented the curfew, in part, to prevent looting. The sheriff’s office is looking for one man who reportedly looted during the storm.
Palm Beach Post graphic/Mahima Singh
Compiled by The Palm Beach Post from Florida Power and Light reports. Some hourly reports are missing. Numbers reflect only FPL customers, not individual residents, nor customers of Lake Worth's electric service.
Hurricane Irma left about 90 percent of FPL’s customers in the dark statewide.
Three days later, fewer than one third of Palm Beach County’s customers -- 228,080 -- still don’t have power, as of 10 p.m.
In Martin County, 22 percent of customers --21,050. In St. Lucie County, FPL reports 23,840 outages, or 18 percent of its customers.
Across the state, there’s still 1.6 million customers without power, but since the hurricane more than 2.8 million outages have been.
Fear not, sweaty Floridians, FPL expects most east coast customers to have power restored by the end of the weekend.
Lake Worth Utilities continues to deal with a substantial number of power outages. Power was restored to about 7,000 customers by Wednesday, the city said.
Power still out?
No school ‘til Monday, but kids can come in for meals
The Palm Beach County School District will provide breakfast and lunch to those 18-years-old and younger as well as one adult accompanying them Thursday and Friday at 27 schools. Children do not have to be enrolled in school at this time to get the meal.
Here’s where to grab some food, water and hot lunch in Belle Glade. They also have charging stations.
As of this afternoon, the Palm Beach Outlets still are without power, but members and nonmembers can head to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County on Thursday and Friday.
Slow internet, cable and cell service? Here’s why.
Grace for taxpayers
The IRS is extending deadlines for taxpayers in 21 Florida counties affected by Irma. That means you, Palm Beach County taxpayers.
(Some of) your mail is on its way
The U.S. Postal Service is offering limited delivery services at a handful of locations in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Traffic signal out? Stop!
If the light is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop. Seriously, it’s dangerous if you don’t.
The boil water notice has been lifted in Pahokee and Canal Point.
When will your garbage be picked up?
Carbon monoxide poisoning, rabid bat?
Four Palm Beach County families suffered carbon monoxide poisoning after keeping running generators in closed garages.
Another family may have been exposed to rabies after a bat entered its home.
Hundreds still in shelters
Shelters in Palm Beach County are housing more than 200 people, the county’s emergency managers said Wednesday.
Special needs shelter at the South Florida fairgrounds: 73
New homes for pets
About 200 pets from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League were flown north today to free up shelters overcrowded by the storm.
Storm prep shook up one local rescue’s plans when staff realized the medical clinic wasn’t safe.