• Irma death toll in US climbs to 23

    By: Nicole Emmett

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    The death toll from Hurricane Irma has climbed to 23 in the United States following its path of destruction across the Caribbean and through the Southeast U.S. over the weekend, while power has now been restored to over 2 million customers in Florida.

    Channel 2 Action News learned of the latest confirmed death in Dayton Beach Wednesday morning.

    This brings the death toll to 23 total: 16 in Florida, 4 in South Carolina and 3 in Georgia.


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    In Florida, Monroe County announced Tuesday night that all 42 bridges in the county were inspected and "deemed safe for vehicles."

    By late Tuesday, Florida Power & Light Co. had restored power to 2.3 million customers, which was 40 percent of those affected across the state; about 4.4 million customers in Florida are still without power as of Tuesday afternoon. The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about Sept. 17, while customers on the state's west coast should expect most power to be restored by Sept. 22.

    ABC News contributed to this report. 

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