Focus is on Search and Rescue, Restoring Power after Irma

By Reuters Staff Updated at 2017-09-11 15:52:57 +0000


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal officials were focused on Monday on search and rescue operations and restoring power to millions of people after Hurricane Irma tore across the Florida Keys before moving north up the state with high winds and heavy rains, the acting Homeland Security secretary said.

Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke told CNN 200,000 people remained in shelters and more than 5 million were without power, but the top priority was search and rescue as daylight revealed the damage from the storm overnight.

“Today will be our first time to get a glimpse of it. We do have flying weather and as the sun rises we’ll be able to take a look at the Keys especially where we have the most area of concern,” she said.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama