Irma Live Updates: ‘A Lot of Work’ to Be Done as Southeast US Shifts to Recovery – New York Times

The city suffered a “trifecta” of water-related threats — storm surge, heavy rainfall over the weekend and Monday’s rising tides — city officials had said.

Monday was “rescue day,” he said, noting that the authorities there had rescued 356 people. “Today begins the cleaning and the rebuilding process,” he added.

Jacksonville would begin distributing water on Tuesday morning, reopen city offices on Wednesday and begin collecting storm debris next Monday. “I will push my entire team aggressively to get this city back to normal as fast as possible,” Mr. Curry said.

Georgia was not spared even as the storm weakened

“This is a different kind of natural disaster,” Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia said on Tuesday. ”We have not had one like this in the state of Georgia for a very long time.”

“This is one where the entire state of Georgia has been affected by this hurricane-slash-tropical storm, and as a result of that, recovery is going to be a little more slow.”

The state lifted an evacuation order that had been in effect for coastal areas east of Interstate 95 after inspections confirmed the bridges there were safe to cross.

Homer Bryson, the director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, said that fuel shortages were being reported throughout the state.

Officials with the state’s two largest electric utilities reported that at least 1.2 million customers were without power on Tuesday.

“This has been a path of destruction, not only through Florida but also all of Georgia,” said Paul Bowers, the president and chief executive of Georgia Power.

A SWAT vehicle was used to rescue a stroke victim in Miami

Mayor Tomás Regalado of Miami shared an account of an extraordinary rescue.

As the storm hit the city, 911 operators received a call requesting help for a woman who had had a stroke in the Flagami neighborhood, on the city’s west side, Mr. Regalado said at a news conference on Tuesday. But with winds exceeding 45 miles per hour, the emergency response teams were prohibited from going out.

“A decision was made by fire and police to use an armored car of the SWAT team to pick up the firefighters at the station; pick up the lady at the house, in the middle of the storm; and take the lady to the hospital,” Mr. Regalado said. “So SWAT was used to save the life of a City of Miami resident.”

“I think it’s important that one life mattered,” he added, saying that such a rescue had never been executed before.

The Miami region was shifting toward recovery, with some trash pickups and flights out of Miami International Airport resuming and public transit expected to come back online throughout the week.

Local tap water was safe to drink, Mayor Carlos Gimenez of Miami-Dade County said. But with temperatures in the mid-80s and little air conditioning to speak of, Mr. Gimenez warned residents against the temptation of ocean swimming, saying it would take several more days to assess the safety of local waters.

In Charleston, S.C., ‘things are a lot better today than yesterday,’ the mayor said

In Charleston and the surrounding coastal communities, residents were taking stock of a storm and flooding that exceeded local expectations. Irma’s effects coincided with high tide there, causing some of the worst flooding since Hurricane Hugo, which devastated the area in 1989.

Still, “things are a lot better today than yesterday,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said. “I expect us to be fully back in business tomorrow. There’s a certain level of control you can have, but at some point you’ve got to realize, water is a powerful force. That means tough decisions on how high you build, how strong you build and where you can build.”

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