Florida struggles with top job in Irma’s wake: Restoring power to millions

Florida struggles with top job in Irma’s wake: Restoring power to millions

Downtown Jacksonville, Fla., was flooded on Sept. 11, as Tropical Storm Irma moved north towards Georgia. (Jacksonville Transportation Authority

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Downtown Jacksonville, Fla., was flooded on Sept. 11, as Tropical Storm Irma moved north towards Georgia. (Jacksonville Transportation Authority)

MIAMI — The remnants of once-fearsome Hurricane Irma rolled through the southeast on Tuesday, still carrying flood risks and leaving a staggering recovery effort in its wake that includes simply trying to turn the lights back on across huge swaths of Florida.

The unprecedented outages — at least about 54 percent of Florida homes and businesses were without power as of early Tuesday — also unleashed a cascade effect across the region.

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