Nearly 4.5 million without power in Florida


Bridges leaves behind an 8-year-old son.

Although the storm has weakened, it's still forecast to hit Georgia with gusts of wind, torrential rain, and possible flooding.

Over 2.7 million homes were without power Sunday as the storm's 100-plus miles per hour winds toppled power lines and sheared structures in the state.

"It's hard to do it during a storm, but as soon as that storm passes, our first responders will be out there doing everything they can to take care of every person in the state". Most of the outages are in Savannah, Ga., and the surrounding areas.

The storm will reach Savannah sometime after midnight. By Monday afternoon, its winds were down to 60 miles per hour (97 kph).

Its bands stretched widely over the Sunshine State - including over Miami, which beared much of the brunt of Irma's winds and storm surge.

As of Monday morning, almost 60 percent of the entire state - close to 6 million customers - had lost electricity.

The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed in, officials said. Its outer bands were also blowing into Georgia, where the storm's center was expected to arrive later in the day.

Irma flooded portions of River Street in the tourist magnet city of Savannah, Georgia, and forced police to temporarily shut Highway 80 leading to the barrier island community of Tybee Island.

On Sunday, Trump also issued a disaster declaration for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and expanded federal funds available to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Irma, the White House said.

In addition, the hurricane center say tornadoes are possible across northeastern Florida, southeasternGeorgia, and SC through Monday night. "I don't have any numbers on fatalities at this point". "In fact, stupid is the reason most of us have jobs", the statement says.

Broken tree branches block roads in the Coral Beach neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Florida. Capsized power lines, surging waters, fallen trees and blocked roadways greeted them.

Updated projections over the weekend put Tampa, Florida, squarely in Irma's path. Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNBC the city was "staring into the abyss". Officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone. More than 200,000 people waited in shelters across Florida.

The NHC has put out a hurricane warning and a tropical storm warning stretching through nearly all of Florida into Georgia and SC, home to more than 20 million people. It affected all 35 counties in the utility's territory which is most of the state's Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast south of Tampa.

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. Before hitting Florida, Irma left at least 34 people dead in several island nations.