The day after Hurricane Irma on Marco Island


At its peak the storm prompted evacuation orders for 6.5 million people in Florida, the largest evacuation in modern U.S. history. All around the region, more than 7 million homes and businesses lost power at one point during Irma's passage, majority in Florida.

"As little as six inches of moving water can knock you down", tweeted the state's governor Rick Scott following the downgrade.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is predicting that Jose, with 105-mph winds Monday afternoon, will do a loop in the Atlantic Ocean over the next few days.

AccuWeather extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer captured Irma's wrath as the storm hit Key West, Florida, and what it looked like after the hurricane.

Around 150 employees and contractors are heading down to assist Florida Power and Ligth, Duke Energy, and Tampa Electric Company in restoring electricity to millions of affected customers.

Housley spoke to one couple who tried to ride out the storm but eventually had to flee to a nearby house.

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

In this geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at 18:30 UTC (2:30 p.m. EDT), the eye of Hurricane Irma moves northwest just off the coast of Cuba and south of Florida.

"I am concerned about people that don't believe in the storm surge", said Virginia Defreeuw, 76, who fled her mobile home in Naples to a shelter. Forecasters expect it to become a tropical depression on Tuesday.

He said: "Some 6.5 million Floridians, that is 62 per cent of the state, without power at this hour still and we are at the entrance here into really the only entrance way into the Florida Keys".

- More than 17,000 customers have already lost power in Savannah, Georgia. From Georgia to SC, the storm left behind massive flooding and destruction.

The good news is that officials believe that many residents safely evacuated before the storm, he reported. Despite being weaker than Hurricane Matthew was when it passed by the city in 2016, Tropical Storm Irma helped push a greater amount of water onshore, and it struck right at the time of high tide. In fact, a state of emergency was declared in Carolinas, Georgia as well as Alabama by President Trump last night due to heavy rains in the region. Schools in much of the state planned to close Monday. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.