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.
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.
"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.
- 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.