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When it comes to electricity, people turn their attention to the power lines overhead and wonder if their electricity service might be more secure if those lines were buried underground. When it comes to electricity, people turn their attention to the power lines overhead and wonder if their electricity service might be more secure if those lines were buried underground.

Should power lines be underground to prevent power loss after storms?

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When it comes to electricity, people turn their attention to the power lines overhead and wonder if their electricity service might be more secure if those lines were buried underground.

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FEMA estimates 25 percent of Florida Keys homes are gone

(Matt McClain/The Washington Post via AP, Pool). Overturned trailer homes are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the Florida Keys. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via AP, Pool). Overturned trailer homes are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the Florida Keys.
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Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys' farthest reaches Tuesday, while authorities rushed to repair the lone highway connecting the islands and deliver aid to Hurricane Irma's victims.

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Slideshow: Hurricane Irma leaves homes battered, neighborhoods flooded

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Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded, powers through the Carribean on a path toward Florida.

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What to expect from Irma

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Irma dropped to tropical storm status Monday but is still very much a danger as it rumbles north over the Florida-Georgia line and into the Deep South after lashing most of the Sunshine State.

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With texts and Twitter, a panicked friend saves woman's life from 2,000 miles away

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Kristina Barneski was panicking. The water was up to her knees. Desperate, and not knowing what to do, Barneski texted a friend. "My apartment flooded its [sic] so bad."

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Miami police share picture of looters in jail

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Miami police are sending a warning to potential looters who might take advantage of the disaster caused by Hurricane Irma.

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FEMA chief: 'Millions' could be without power from Irma

Hurricane Irma hit Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane late Friday, with waves reaching as high as 23 feet according to officials. (CNN) Hurricane Irma hit Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane late Friday, with waves reaching as high as 23 feet according to officials. (CNN)
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As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida's southern coast, the nation's emergency management chief is warning that 'millions' of residents could be without power, in some instances for weeks.

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What's so dangerous about storm surge?

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the storm surge could be as high as to 6 to 12 feet. "This will cover your house."

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Jose spares Barbuda as hurricane veers away from island wrecked by Irma

Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean island of Barbuda. (CNN) Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean island of Barbuda. (CNN)
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After being devastated by Hurricane Irma, the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda braced for its second major hurricane in four days as Hurricane Jose barreled toward its direction.

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Irma weakens to Category 4 storm; remains powerful hurricane

This Sept. 6, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean. This Sept. 6, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean.
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Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 4 storm Friday as it batters the Caribbean on a path toward Florida but remains a powerful hurricane. 

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The Latest: Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma

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French, British and Dutch military authorities rushed aid to a devastating string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least 11 people dead and thousands homeless as it spun toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering the closing of all schools, colleges, and universities throughout the state.

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There are now 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin

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All eyes are on Hurricane Irma as it rampages through the Caribbean, but it's not alone. Jose and Katia strengthened Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin to three.

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Irma could test strength of Florida's strict building codes

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After a catastrophic Hurricane Andrew revealed how lax building codes had become in the country's most storm-prone state, Florida began requiring sturdier construction. Now, experts say a monstrously strong Hurricane Irma could become the most serious test of Florida's storm-worthiness since the 1992 disaster.

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JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta cap prices for Hurricane Irma evacuees

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Big airlines are slashing prices to help people flee Florida before Hurricane Irma hits. The move comes as people have accused airlines of ratcheting up prices for flights out of the path of Irma, which is expected to hit the U.S. mainland this weekend.

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Backlash after sheriff says people with warrants should go to jail, not a hurricane shelter

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"If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we'll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail." These are the words of a sheriff's office in Florida.

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Watch: Aerials show extensive hurricane damage over St. Maarten

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Aerial images released by the Dutch Defense Ministry show scenes of utter devastation on the island of St. Maarten in the aftermath of a direct hit by Category 5 Hurricane Irma.

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Richard Branson rides out Hurricane Irma in wine cellar

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Richard Branson braved Hurricane Irma on his private island in the British Virgin Islands.

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Powerful Hurricane Irma hits first Caribbean islands

Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. (NOAA via AP) Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. (NOAA via AP)
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The National Hurricane Center said Irma was maintaining Category 5 strength with sustained winds near 185 mph.

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Bahamas to evacuate islands in path of 'Irma'

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Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says his government has ordered a mandatory evacuation of islands in the southern part of the island chain because of Hurricane Irma.

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NFL: Dolphins-Bucs will not be played in Miami this week

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The NFL says the Miami Dolphins' season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be played in Miami this week, but may be moved to a neutral site because of Hurricane Irma.

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Why most Florida flood zone property is not insured

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As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, an Associated Press analysis shows a steep drop in flood insurance across the state, including the areas most endangered by what could be a devastating storm surge. 

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American airlines cancels more than 2,000 flights due to Hurricane Irma

American Airlines has canceled more than 2,000 flights due to Hurricane Irma. (Source: CNN) American Airlines has canceled more than 2,000 flights due to Hurricane Irma. (Source: CNN)
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American Airlines has canceled more than 2,000 flights as Hurricane Irma churns toward the U.S.

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Florida AG fighting price-gouging as Irma looms

(Source: CNN) Long lines form at Costco in Florida as residents brace for Hurricane Irma. (Source: CNN) Long lines form at Costco in Florida as residents brace for Hurricane Irma.
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state has gotten more than 1,500 calls on a price-gouging hotline in the last two days. 

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South Florida hospitals closing ahead of Hurricane Irma

(Source: CNN) Lines form around the entire building at a Costco in Florida as residents braces for Hurricane Irma. (Source: CNN) Lines form around the entire building at a Costco in Florida as residents braces for Hurricane Irma.
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With many South Florida residents fleeing their homes before Hurricane Irma, hospitals in Florida's southernmost county have put their own evacuation plans into motion. 

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