Tommy Nevitt carries Miranda Abbott, 6, through floodwaters from Hurricane Irma on the west side of Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday. There are reports of widespread damage and power outages, but officials just won't know how bad things are until they're able to get there.
"We've been in the off-season and now we're starting to get into the busy part of the season".
In the dark: According to state officials, more than 50,000 customers are without power in Monroe County, Florida, which includes the Keys.
"I hate to use the term, but this was the ideal storm".
Darwin Tabacco, who stayed on Big Pine Key during Irma, is one of the luckiest residents.
The islands of the Florida Keys and western parts of the state bore the brunt of the category-four hurricane.
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A timelapse video released by NASA shows Hurricane Irma's path over the course of ten days, showing how it moved from the Atlantic, over the Caribbean and to Florida. By early Monday, almost 272,000 customers mostly in coastal and south Georgia were without power after Irma crossed over into the state overnight. Forecasters said Jose could be downgraded to a tropical storm later Tuesday and possibly restrengthen later this week. Debris and live electrified wires litter the road, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez told the Miami Herald.
At least 26 people were arrested for burglary and looting Sunday night in Miami, and schools, airports and Orlando's DisneyWorld were on the list of closures. SC: A 57-year-old SC man was fatally hit by a falling tree limb during the storm, Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley told CNN. Cities flooded, power lines were downed and trees were uprooted across the state. Gov.
At 9 a.m., more than 200,000 people were in 587 shelters across the state.
A weakened but still risky Irma pushed inland on Monday as it hammered Florida with winds and floodwaters that created hazards even for rescuers trying to help beleaguered residents.
In the Jacksonville area, close to the Georgia line, storm surge brought some of the worst flooding ever seen there, with at least 46 people pulled from swamped homes.
Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.
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