House-to-house search begins Monday in Florida Keys

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Aerial footage shows the devastation that Hurricane Irma has caused

But because the storm is up to 640km wide, the entire Florida peninsula was exposed.

Over the weekend, Irma claimed its first U.S. fatality - a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds in the town of Marathon, in the Florida Keys, local officials said.

The Weather Channel reported flash flooding in three states as of Monday afternoon. Although the city wasn't in the storm's direct path, it took a one-two punch of heavy rain and a storm surge, leaving the water no place to drain, said Ron Morales, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Charleston office.

Authorities plan to fly over the Keys on Monday, officials said. "Well, we're about to get punched in the face".

- More than 6.2 million electric customers are without power in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott's office said Monday.

- At least 26 deaths have been blamed on Irma in the Caribbean islands, where it hit before barreling toward Florida.

What's happening in the Florida Keys? .

He says there is "devastation" and he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma.

Close to 600,000 homes and businesses were without power as of Sunday morning, according to utilities. The National Guard also has arrived in the island chain amid official fears that a humanitarian crisis may be developing in the stricken region.

Tropical Storm Irma weakened as it moved inland across southwestern Georgia on Monday, but was still capable of severe wind damage and flooding. "So on Monday, not only are we expecting windy conditions, probably sustained winds of 30, maybe 40 miles an hour with higher gusts".

However, forecasters are warning that swells generated by Irma along the southeastern US coast could still cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions". "It's not going to be what you saw in Florida".

In mainland U.S., Irma's death toll reached 10 on Monday night, with six deaths confirmed in Florida, three in Georgia and one in SC.

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook. Evacuees Of The Keys shared school closure notices, videos of destruction, and many posts from friends and relatives searching for loved ones.

"Currently, winds on the Gulf are northwest, but as the storm moves kind of away from us, winds become more west and then southwest", he said.

Search and rescue teams in Florida are swinging into action as daylight reveals the extent of damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma. The Walt Disney Co. said its Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs will reopen Tuesday wotj regular hours.

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