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Irma Aftermath: Cleanups, Curfews and Closures Across South Florida After Storm Strikes

South Florida continues the slow return to normal as cleanup efforts continue Saturday after Hurricane Irma damaged the area.

Florida Power & Light officials said power restoration began in “earnest” Monday after the storm left millions across the state without power.

More than 224,000 Miami-Dade customers were without power at 8 p.m. Friday. In Broward, more than 131,000 were also without power.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the county's drinking water is fine and no boil water orders have been issued, but the Florida Department of Health has issued a swimming advisory for all county beaches and open water.

Miami Beach officials said the city's curfew has been lifted. 

Miami-Dade School officials said they hoped to have all schools open by Monday, Sept. 18.

Broward officials said the county suffered significant impacts, including major street flooding, especially in eastern and in low lying areas, numerous downed trees, downed power lines and debris in the streets, and infrastructure damage to public and private property.

Updated Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Some boil water notices remained in Broward Thursday. For the latest info, click here.

Broward County Schools will re-open on Monday, Sept. 18.

Monroe County now is open to Marathon at Mile Marker 47, just north of the 7 Mile Bridge, for residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles.

"We want our residents and business owners to come back to rebuild their lives, their livelihoods and our economy," county administrator Roman Gastesi said. "We are prepared to restore the Keys back to the special paradise we love.”

The Lower Keys and Key West will open Sunday morning at 7:00 am., also to residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles.

Officials said there is no functioning hospital to admit patients in the Middle or Lower Keys. Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon is not open and the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West only has its Emergency Room open.

Aerial images from Monday morning showed widespread destruction in the Florida Keys, with homes damaged and roadways under water.

Officials said the county is working as quickly as possible to restore power, water and medical services to Marathon, the Lower Keys and Key West.

Miami International Airport was open Thursday but flights were operating at about 66 percent of normal schedules, officials said.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was also operating Thursday but there were delays and cancellations. Travelers were advised to check with their airline for flight status.

Port Everglades has reopened to ship traffic for both day and night, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Wednesday. Port Miami is open at daytime only.

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