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Gov. Rick Scott tours damage from Matthew



Florida Gov. Rick Scott told reporters in Jacksonville that his first aerial tour of the damage from Hurricane Matthew showed devestating beach erosion, damaged roads, downed powerlines and lots of downed trees.

"We know there is a lot of work to do, but this state is going to come back," Scott said after touring Florida via helicopter from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville.

Scott said power remains out for more than 1 million customers and about 6,000 people are still in shelters.

But he said the state is trying to make sure all roads are open to help people return to their homes and said all tolls remain suspended through Sunday night. 

He said all of the state's airports are also now open or are re-opening.

The worst of the power outages remain in northeast Florida. In Flagler, Volusia and St. John's counties, Scott said more than 70 percent of customers are without power. In Duval County, 50 percent are out, while in Nassau where Scott was set to tour next, 60 percent were out.

"We've got crews coming from all over the country," Scott said.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2016 11:59am]


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