By: Kyle James | 09-12-2017 | News
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Hurricane Irma Death Toll Rises To 11 As Florida Deals With Aftermath

The death toll from Hurricane Irma in Florida has risen to eleven people on Tuesday as wind and rain continue to batter the Keys. This weekend, the storm drained beaches of their water as the hurricane moved along its path.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I am in disbelief right now… This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!! That&#39;s as far as they see <a href="">#HurricaneIrma</a> wtf <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; #ForeverFlourish (@Kaydi_K) <a href="">September 9, 2017</a></blockquote>

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A sheriff's deputy was among those eleven people killed. Julie Bridges was a 13-year veteran of Hardee County Sheriff's Office and died in a car accident while driving home after her night shift on Sunday. Sgt. Joseph Ossman, 53, who worked as a corrections officer at Hardee Correctional Institution was also killed.

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Officials are urging eager Florida evacuees to have patience as they are still not being allowed to return home. There are currently 6-12 million customers without power in Florida still and energy crews are working 24 hours a day to restore power. Police are operating roadblocks at the entrances to the cities to prevent people from returning.

Flooding is still rampant in parts of Florida making some cities completely inaccessible and downed power lines are everywhere.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is Jacksonville… No words. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Meilin Tompkins (@MeilinTompkins) <a href="">September 11, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The storm left thousands of homes utterly demolished with no hope of saving them.

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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Credit: St. Johns County Fire Rescue</span>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">For those contemplating driving around (down)town today…this seems to be a recurring theme. <a href="">#JSO</a> recommends not. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Jax Sheriff&#39;s Office (@JSOPIO) <a href="">September 11, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Officials say it is unknown at this time when the over 6 million evacuees will be able to return home. The Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department is working overtime to find and rescue any stranded residents. They urge you to fly a white flag or anything resembling one to signal you need help.

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