The Wall Street Journal: Florida begins recovery from Irma as millions still without power

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Hurricane Irma hammered almost every inch of Florida, knocking out power to millions of people while causing wreckage in the Keys and record flooding in Jacksonville, though the state’s coasts were largely spared from the catastrophe many had feared.

From Miami to Naples to Tampa, many Floridians said they felt lucky to have avoided the epic flooding they feared when authorities ordered some 6.5 million people — nearly a third of Florida’s population — to evacuate, and were relieved to discover their communities weren’t wiped out. Few deaths in Florida have been attributed so far to the storm, which killed at least 38 people in the Caribbean, including U.S.

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