Editor's note: This is a developing story that is being constantly updated as the storm progresses.
The announcement came after Irma made its second Florida landfall on Marco Island, a barrier island south of Naples in Collier County, at 3:35 p.m. Irma came ashore as a Category 3 storm, with 115 miles per hour winds. It is forecast to weaken to Category 1 strength in a few days, with winds between 75 and 90 miles per hour.
Citrus and Hernando Counties also have some strong winds headed in their direction in the next few hours.
Massive power outages remain throughout the Southeast. "We do have backup generation", FPL spokesman Rob Gould said on Sunday. "This is a life-threatening situation". Now Ploghoft and three others are holed up with stockpiles of water, canned food and battery power. That could bring the strongest winds in the storm over the Miami metro area during that time.
"We have never had anything like this before", he said Sunday. Two people were killed in Monroe County, which encompasses the Florida Keys.
Flying objects such as coconuts turned into risky projectiles. At least two construction cranes partially collapsed. "It's wonderful. It's under water".
- Miami streets turned into raging rivers as floodwaters surged, and the city's airport is closed because of significant water damage.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center lessens the impact of the storm for much of North Carolina. With inflation, the total damage costs would be $50 billion, according to the National Weather Service.
- Miami-Dade County announced a curfew between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to arrive in St. Martin to bring aid and fend off criticism that he didn't do enough to respond to the storm's wrath.
Officials adjusted the evacuation plan for Irma as forecasts shifted the storm's predicted path further westward.
More than 6.5 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma moved through the state, according to the state's emergency management division.
"I've seen the videos of what happened to those poor people on those islands", Putnam said.
- Georgia was already feeling the effects of the storm, with more than 17,000 customers without power in Savannah. Police are urging residents to stay indoors and not venture outside.
"Irma is going to take all of Florida".
"So, usually the eastern side of the storm has winds opposite of the winds aloft, so that's where you have high levels of (vertical) sheer", Ward said. FEMA chief Brock Long has said some places won't have electricity for weeks.
"You're on your own until we can actually get in there and it's safe", he told CNN.
One of the teams was preparing to fly into Key West, directly in the path of the storm. "Get out of its way", he said, adding: "Property is replaceable, but lives are not, and safety has to come first".
"The task we have before us is enormous but with a people like ours, we will win the most important battle: the recovery".
Earlier, Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Category 2 storm. Some locals grumbled about the forecast, even though Florida's west coast had always been included in the zone of probability. "It's the road. It's being able to get supplies down", Newman said.
"I've been here with other storms, other hurricanes".
"It's a big storm", Masters said. "We've moved everything away from windows". "Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through".
Irma's course change caught many off guard and triggered a major round of last-minute evacuations in the Tampa area.
FPL said it was still assessing the damage and could not yet say when it would restore service to most customers.
Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in SC.
No evacuations had been declared yet in SC, which was last hit by a major hurricane about 28 years ago.
And in Alabama, some city school districts including Birmingham, Huntsville and Auburn planned to close Monday and in some cases Tuesday.
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