FPL hopes to have power restored in Miami-Dade, Broward counties by Tuesday night

Many South Florida residents remain frustrated this week, as they are going on week two with no power following Hurricane Irma.

Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden visited a North Miami neighborhood on Monday that remains in the dark.

But Florida Power & Light crews were there, as they have been working around the clock to try to restore power.

An FPL spokeswoman said 95 percent of Miami-Dade County is with power, but there are still thousands without it.

She said they’re hoping to have power restored in Miami-Dade and Broward counties by Tuesday night.

In the meantime, crews were out early to Palmetto Bay, one of the hardest hit areas in Miami-Dade County.

The biggest challenge was clearing debris after huge trees toppled onto power lines, creating a challenging situation for crews going neighborhood to neighborhood.

By Monday afternoon, there were 37,060 FPL customers without power in Miami-Dade County and 9,080 without power in Broward County.

There were 18,684 Florida Keys Electric and Keys Energy customers without power Monday afternoon in the Florida Keys.

Click here for updated numbers on power outages throughout South Florida.

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When will Irma debris piles be hauled away?

While Hurricane Irma leveled trees, gardens and other greenery, it also left behind a mountain range of debris piles throughout all of South Florida.

As residents attempt to return to some form of normal, many are wondering when the debris piles sitting in front of practically every home will be hauled away.

The Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management’s 31 crews actually began picking up debris immediately after the storm.

Since last Monday, the department has contracted 140 more crews, and by the end of the week will have 500 crews picking up debris and bringing it to the county’s disposal facilities.

Over 400,000 tons of debris was left behind by Imra, more than the county hauls away in an average year.

The department requests residents split their debris into two piles: One for vegetation and another for wood or any other solid material.

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Scott wants to have tourists return to Keys by October

Gov. Rick Scott set an ambitious deadline Monday to bring tourism back to the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma.

Scott said he hopes to have tourists return to the island chain by Oct. 1.

He was joined by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price as they met with Monroe County officials in Marathon to discuss recovery efforts.

The Keys remain closed to anyone who is not a resident or working in an official capacity with the relief effort.

Scott, who has touted himself as the jobs governor, said he wants to have people in the Keys back to work as quickly as possible.

Price said he will work to grant a federal waiver so that medical crews from out-of-state can come to the Keys to help.

“We’ve got a long road to go,” Price said.

Marty Senterfitt, Monroe County’s emergency management director, said he is going to try to get people out of shelters and into temporary trailers until they can find a permanent solution.

In order to pass the checkpoint into the Keys at Florida City, at least one occupant in a vehicle must show proof of residence, either with a photo identification or documentation that shows residency in the Keys.

All of Monroe County remains under a curfew. In the upper Keys to mile marker 47 at the north end of the Seven Mile Bridge, the curfew is 10 p.m. until sunrise. In the lower Keys and Key West, it remains from dusk until dawn.

The Florida City checkpoint closes at 8 p.m. to ensure that everyone has enough time to get to their destinations before curfew.

Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said anyone out after the designated times is subject to arrest.

The Florida Department of Health is also advising residents to boil their water until further notice. Health officials said well water may contain disease-causing organisms and may not be safe to drink.

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Boil water order lifted for North Miami

North Miami has lifted its precautionary boil water order for the city.

All North Miami water utility customers were given the all clear Monday after the completion of water main repairs and water tests showing satisfactory results.

The boil water order was issued last week after Hurricane Irma disrupted power to city pumps.

Customers were experiencing low water pressure because of several water main breaks throughout the city.

City officials said the water is now safe to drink and customers don’t need to boil their water.

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Keys officials meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, governor

Monroe County officials will be meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Gov. Rick Scott on Monday to discuss recovery efforts in the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma.An open roundtable discussion with Scott began Monday mor…

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Keys couple found living in crushed mobile home after Hurricane Irma

As residents returned to the lower Keys for the first time since Hurricane Irma, life was slowly but surely returning to normal in Key West.

There were signs of life Sunday night on Duval Street in Key West, where business owners and locals who sling the cocktails were gathered.

“You can’t let a storm beat you down,” a man told Local 10 News outside Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

Earlier in the day on Stock Island, it was discovered that the little that some people had there is now gone.

As Local 10 News reporter Janine Stanwood was about to leave the Island Life Village trailer park, she was told by residents that two people were living inside a crushed home that appeared to be abandoned.

“We looked through the door and there’s somebody inside,” a resident told Stanwood.

“Oh, my gosh. Hello?” Stanwood said to a woman sitting in the mangled mess. “Hi. How are you?”

The woman, identified only as Joy, had bandages on her arms. They were for her sunburn.

She said she and Jerry came back after Irma and have been sleeping there ever since.

“We’ve been here for five, six days,” Jerry said.

Stanwood asked if anyone has come to help them.

“Oh, yeah. There’s been all kinds of people,” Jerry said. “The owners of the park haven’t been around.”

An organization called Caring for the Keys was handing out the last load of water and supplies.

“We have a car, so we can get around,” Jerry said.

For Jerry and Joy, they said they’ll pick up ice and insist that they’re fine, for now.

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