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Florida digs out after Hurricane Irma

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Florida has begun the long process of digging out after Hurricane Irma slammed the state. 

Now weakening, the system is still producing unprecedented flooding across the Southeast from Jacksonville to the Carolinas. 

The Florida Keys were the first to take the hit from the storm, suffering almost a full day of Category 4 strength winds. 

Officials are surveying widespread damage and slowly letting residents back in. 

"We are having to go down and make sure it's a safe place for people to return, so we don't have loss of life after Irma," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

Across the state, resources are limited. Millions of Floridians remain without power. 

"It may take multiple days, if not weeks, in some areas," Long said.

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