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Recovery from Hurricane Irma starting with power restoration

Fuel supplies strained as evacuees return to state

September 12, 2017 - 8:03 pm

OCALA (AP) -- Weary residents, eager to assess their hurricane-ravaged homes, are pouring back into Florida after one of the most massive exoduses in U.S. history.

Many may not see electricity return for at least another week, especially in the Naples area and the Florida Keys.

"It was like a nuclear bomb," said Keys resident Bryan Holley, who rode out the storm in Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys, where Irma made landfall Sunday morning.

While the city of Key West, at the southernmost tip of the Keys, could get the lights on in seven to 10 days, officials said, areas of North Central Florida could stay in the dark through this upcoming weekend.

Florida Power and Light issued a statement saying power should be restored by Sunday.

Many residents and business owners are returning to the state on I-75, clogging southbound traffic and finding fuel in short supply.

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