A state of emergency continued in 19 Florida counties where Hurricane Kate provided a devastating finale to the hurricane season.

Residents of Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties returned to homes they had evacuated before Kate stormed ashore Thursday night. They were the last of the 100,000 people in 10 counties to leave emergency shelters.

In Tallahassee, a mandatory 7 p.m. curfew was lifted; police reported arresting 20 for violating it.

Civil defense officials in the state's Panhandle pleaded for donations of food, clothing, blankets and supplies. "They're not asking for a handout, but they're going to have to take it," said Raymond Mabry of Franklin County.

Power company crews were still at work trying to extend electric service and to restart pumps to provide water to residents of six counties where Kate's wind snapped utility poles.

Kate also may have ravaged an infant crop of shellfish on the bottom of Apalachicola Bay, first damaged by Hurricane Elena in September. After that storm, biologists predicted it would take two years for the beds to recover.

The state has already spent about $150,000 in emergency money from the Legislature to try to resuscitate the $6.5 million crop, nearly 10 percent of the nation's supply. Divers will try to determine the beds' condition in the next week or two