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Between 2,000 and 3,000 utility workers from out-of-state were staying at BB&T Center in Broward County, home to the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, said Gus Beyersdorf, 40, of De Pere, Wisconsin, who was inspecting power lines in the southeastern coastal city of Fort Lauderdale on Monday.
These widespread gasoline outages threaten to make life even more hard for Florida residents as they try to return home to see if their property suffered damage from Irma's powerful winds and storm surge.
Browne told ABC News in a phone interview, "When you have an unprecedented storm like this that comes with such significant wind force this is like having a bomb literally thrown on a city".
These tornadoes might be a little weaker, and dissipate faster, than a tornado spawned in, say, the US Central Plains.
With gas stations in the area closed, drivers low on fuel get a few gallons from a Florida Department of Transportation Road Ranger at an I-4 off-ramp north of Orlando, Florida, on Monday.
Transportation officials said two sections of United States 1 that were washed away by Irma, one at mile marker 37 and the other at mile marker 75, have been repaired.
Irma is centered about 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa, Florida, and is moving north-northwest near 18 mph.
More than 6.2 million homes and businesses remained without power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters.
Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 hurricane, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.
People in the Keys who fled Irma have been waiting for a chance to see how their homes and businesses fared during the storm. Curfews were declared on Sunday evening for the Gulf Coast towns of Tampa and St. Petersburg as several Florida counties reported arrests of looters taking advantage of homes left vacant by evacuations.
Irma made a second landfall as a Category 3 storm at Marco Island, a city and barrier island off Florida's southwest coast, on Sunday afternoon.
Heavy wind batters Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami, as Hurricane Irma hits Florida. The national electric company announced that high winds were forcing it to cut power to Havana, and the Ministry of Communications said it was shutting down all public wi-fi receivers in the capital.
"As soon as the wind shifts direction, the water will come back quickly and continue to move inland", CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said. Officials said the arena remained in one piece, but wind-driven water leaked in at the height of the storm. No injuries were reported. As of Sunday afternoon, about 1.5 million customers were without power. FEMA chief Brock Long said some places won't have electricity for weeks.
"Life in Key West, at least for those of us who escaped major structural or water damage, has acquired a provisional ad hoc quality". "GRU Crews are out assessing now and will issue precautionary water boil notices to affected areas once determined".
"Our first concern is with the losses people have suffered", he said.
- Disney World was forced to close, for only the sixth time in its 45-year history.
"There's devastation. I just hope everybody survived", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Monday after flying over the area.
"For the next storm, I'll go somewhere on my own like a hotel or a friend's house", Sciarretta said.
During its march up Florida's west coast, Irma swamped homes, uprooted trees, flooded streets, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes.
Some schools were closed Tuesday and others planned to open later than usual.
This is the first time two Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the same season, following Hurricane Harvey's collision with the Texas coastline on August 25.
Irma at one time was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, a Category 5 with a peak wind speed of 185 miles per hour (300 kph).