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Danger lingers in Florida as Irma moves into Georgia

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - As a mighty hurricane, Irma inspired fear. As a tropical storm, it is spreading soggy distress - and continuing peril - across a growing swath of the American Southeast.

In what could be a long and messy afterlife, it will tax the patience of millions.

On Monday, a day after visiting lashing rains, surging tides and terrifying winds on nearly every corner of Florida, Irma unleashed flash flooding in three states and left a sweaty, disruptive legacy: no power for about 7 million people.

Confronting a panorama of destruction stretching from coast to coast, with rescue efforts still in progress and a massive cleanup only beginning to gather pace, Florida and federal officials opted for frankness: It might take weeks for electricity to be fully restored.

The storm's direct death toll, mercifully,

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