Businesses slowly reopen in parts of Florida

(Pompano Beach, Florida-AP) Oct. 28, 2005 - Things are slowly returning to normal in South Florida as restaurants, supermarkets and car washes reopen.

Tourists also are being allowed back in parts of the Florida Keys, where Hurricane Wilma's storm surge caused extensive flooding.

Key West, however, is expected to remain closed to visitors until Monday.

The region's three largest airports also have begun handling commercial traffic, though it could be at least another day before service returns to normal.

Meanwhile, lines are getting shorter as more gas stations open. One man in Fort Lauderdale says "it's getting better and better each day."

Still, there are about 3.5 million people without power, and officials warn it could take until Thanksgiving to fully restore electricity.

Posted 4:55pm by Chantelle Janelle