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Man killed when chainsaw cuts through neck while clearing Hurricane

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A man has died after the chainsaw he was using to clear Hurricane Irma debris cut his throat.

Wilfredo Hernandez was clearing trees in Tampa, Florida, when it became entangled in a branch and kicked back, causing it to sever his carotid artery, say officials.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristal Nunez said deputies used a harness to lower the man from the tree on Monday but he died at the scene.

The state is dealing with the aftermath of the storm that battered land with powerful winds and rain from Sunday through to Monday.

Millions of people in Florida are still without power — and could be for weeks.
Man killed when chainsaw cuts through neck while clearing Hurricane Irma debris
Boats wrecked by Hurricane Irma are seen from a plane in Sint Maarten (Picture: REUTERS)
Man killed when chainsaw cuts through neck while clearing Hurricane Irma debris
A van remains in a sinkhole on Monday that opened up at the Astor Park apartment complex in Winter Springs, Florida (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
Man killed when chainsaw cuts through neck while clearing Hurricane Irma debris
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper inspects a closed segment of Interstate 4, near State Road 434, in Longwood (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
Man killed when chainsaw cuts through neck while clearing Hurricane Irma debris
A sailboat came to rest near a parking lot off of Dinner Key in Miami after Hurricane Irma (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Meanwhile, more than 1.2 million customers in Georgia have no power after Irma swirled into the state.
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Georgia Power will be starting to assess damages on Tuesday. The utility company says much of the state including coastal Georgia and metro Atlanta experienced the most outages after parts of the state received widespread damage caused by high winds and heavy rainfall.

Fulton County currently has the most outages with 105,390.

By early Tuesday, Georgia Power has nearly 800,000 outages and EMC has around 466,000 customers without power.

The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has resumed service Tuesday, but limited routes. The transportation company will have rail service running in 20-minute intervals.

Tropical Storm Irma no longer exists but she left plenty of problems in South Carolina.

More than 220,000 customers were without electricity early Tuesday. Duke Energy reported the biggest problems with 100,000 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Anderson and Greenville counties.

The South Carolina Electric Cooperatives report that about 63,000 customers are without service. The biggest problems are in Oconee and Charleston counties.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had 58,000 customers without service early Tuesday. The major problems were in Charleston and Beaufort counties.

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