Irma's winds slightly weaken as the storm moves further north


Federal funding also is available to governments and non-profit organizations for emergencies in all 67 Florida counties. "I hope everybody will pray for us". The second was knocked down near Biscayne Park.

It also means that Irma's destructive potential could be more than six times worse than Hurricane Andrew, which tore through Florida in 1992 as a category five storm. How many people in the dangerously exposed, low-lying islands defied evacuation orders and stayed behind was unclear.

One death was reported in Orange County, according to CNN.

The storm killed at least 28 people as it raged westward through the Caribbean en route to Florida. That's more than the population of NY and Los Angeles combined. "That will take weeks". Florida also has the most golf courses of any state in the USA, with more than 1,250. We're still getting reports on that. "What's going to happen now?"

The governor said it was way too early to put a dollar estimate on the damage.

Irma made landfall on Marco Island off Florida's west coast with winds of up to 192km/h, but has since been downgraded from category three to two.

While some coastal communities breathed a sigh of relief, people in Jacksonville faced flash flooding on Monday.

About 3,400 personnel and crews standing by to respond to power outages after the storm leaves affected areas.

Shares of home insurers tied to the Florida market plunged last week as investors feared historic damage from Irma. In the Keys, though, he said "there is devastation". When the storm came in, we saw some storm surge in Miami. "We are trying to do everything that we can to get people safe", he said. That's 64 percent of the state's power customers, and there are several counties where 80-90 percent of customers are without power.

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook.

The first job rescue services will have to do is to test the integrity of the 42 bridges linking the Keys. A storm surge of 3 feet was reported along the St. Johns River near the Interstate 295 Bridge.

"If you need to get out, put a white flag in front of your house". So far, power supply has been restored to 1.1 million affected users, according to the company.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St.

Reuters/Carlos BarriaA local resident walks across a flooded street in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, U.S. September 10, 2017.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour with higher gusts.

"I've had phone calls all day long about nursing homes and assisted living that don't have their power", Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference Monday.