Hurricane Irma: Where is it going?


Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday as it spun northward through Florida, but forecasters warned of hazardous storm surges and "some wind gusts to near hurricane force".

"This storm is unprecedented as far as strength and size". Road repairs were promised in the coming days.

Authorities are still assessing the damage to the Keys, Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

Emergency managers in the islands declared Monday "the Keys are not open for business" and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service, and that supplies were low and anxiety high.

"They told me there is definitely water in the downstairs apartment, which is me", said Ms. Keeney, who works as a concierge at the Hyatt hotel in Key West.

Monster storm Irma, which ripped a deadly path through the Caribbean, started to weaken Monday though it was still whipping parts of Florida with fearsome winds and rain, leaving 6.2 million people without power.

"There are still nine bridges that need final inspections". In a parting blow to the state before pushing on to Georgia and beyond, the storm caused record flooding in and around Jacksonville, causing untold damage and prompting dozens of rescues.

A man was found dead in Winter Garden, Florida, after being electrocuted by a downed power line, local police said.

School was canceled in communities around Georgia, and more than 1.2 million customers there were without power Tuesday morning.

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More than 75,000 people checked into 400 emergency shelters statewide, but overall, only three storm-related deaths were reported in Florida through late Sunday.

But Irma's overall death toll jumped to at least 40 after Cuba reported that 10 people had been killed there over the weekend.

More than 220,000 people sought safety in shelters.

In Bonita Springs, a city of 50,000 people on Florida's hard-hit southwest coast, large areas were flooded and the entire city was without power. Though Irma's approach caused two construction cranes to collapse, the city appeared to be spared from major damage.

Meanwhile, Florida residents in the storm's wake who spent an anxious night huddled indoors began to venture out to survey the damage, which largely did not seem to be as bad as initially feared.

Still, Governor Scott predicted that recovery could take a long time in many areas. "I just don't know".

He said the Navy dispatched the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with relief efforts.

White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said it will be some time before residents in the Florida Keys are able to return to their homes. "We are preparing for the worst and will likely have to rebuild parts of our service territory", Silagy said, noting the kinds of winds expected could snap concrete poles.

Forecasters warned that Irma remained risky as it toppled trees and power lines, tore up roofs and threatened coastal areas with storm surges as high as 15 feet (4.6 m).Tornadoes were also spotted through the southern part of the state. "The St. Johns River has not seen these flooding levels since 1846".