Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Irma (all times local):
Florida officials say crews are restoring power across the state, but 9.5 million people remain without electricity.
State Emergency Management Center officials say they restored power to 1.7 million homes and businesses on Tuesday.
Of the three South Florida counties that were hit the hardest, Palm Beach is the only one where more than half have power.
A South Florida couple managed to make it through Hurricane Irma without major damage to their home, but a kitchen fire that broke out after power was restored gutted the town house.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says the man and woman from Deerfield Beach still didn't have power when they decided to go for a swim Tuesday afternoon. But the power apparently returned while they were out, causing the stove to turn on and set fire to objects on the cooking surface.
Jachles says it wasn't clear whether the stove had been left on before the power went out or had been accidentally turned on while the power was off.
South Florida kids could be back at school next week after having more than a week off because of Hurricane Irma.
School officials in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties all tweeted on Tuesday that they were preparing to resume classes next Monday. Broward County officials said it would depend on whether power had been restored.
Many school districts around Florida canceled classes last week in anticipation of Irma making landfall Sunday.
Miami police officers and firefighters are evacuating residents who live near a crane that collapsed in Hurricane Irma.
A city of Miami news release says evacuations were ordered Tuesday for two buildings across the street from the Gran Paraiso construction site north of downtown. The top of the crane was damaged during Sunday's storm but did not fall to the ground. Officials say it hasn't been secured since the storm.
Plaza Construction, the general contractor, has been notified that there are available hotel rooms in the areas for evacuees.
Authorities suspect a Miami man died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator running inside his home.
Miami-Dade Police Department Officer Robin Pinkard said Tuesday that a neighbor discovered 65-year-old David Boatswain in his home Monday morning after he didn't answer his phone. A medical examiner is investigating, but emergency responders said the home tested positive for carbon monoxide.
The fatality brings Florida's death toll to 13, and the total death toll in all areas affected by the storm to 56.
Several Royal Caribbean International cruise ships have been doing storm relief duty.
Company spokeswoman Celia de la Llama says the ship Adventure of the Seas arrived in St. Maarten on Sunday, picked up 300 visitors from various countries who had been trying to leave after Hurricane Irma hit, and dropped off provisions for residents.
Adventure was on a regular cruise from Puerto Rico but had room for the evacuees because of cancellations. The evacuees are being given the option to disembark at any of the regularly scheduled ports of call and head home from there or to continue on with the ship to Puerto Rico.
De la Llama says the ship Majesty of the Seas has picked up evacuees from the U.S. Virgin Island's St. Thomas and was scheduled to depart with them en route to Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The ship will pick up supplies in Puerto Rico, then head to St. Maarten to drop them off and load additional evacuees. The ship is scheduled to go back to San Juan on Friday to drop off the evacuees.
Former NFL player and Jacksonville, Florida, native Tim Tebow visited workers at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, and thanked them for their efforts during Hurricane Irma.
Tebow visited with emergency workers on Tuesday. The day before, he accepted an invitation from Gov. Rick Scott to tour shelters in Duval County.
Tebow just completed his first season playing baseball for the New York Mets. Before that he played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. In 2008, he won the Heisman Trophy as the University of Florida's quarterback.