Irma lashes Florida's west coast, heading northwest as Category 1 storm

Gasolines shortages stalled Irma evacuations. Blame Hurricane Harvey.

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

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

It gradually weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning as it headed toward Georgia.

Terrifying images continue to emerge of Hurricane Irma as the catastrophic storm cell wreaks havoc across the southern tip of the United States.

The historic storm is so wide that authorities faced destructive storm surges on both coasts of Florida and the Keys as it follows a path north toward Georgia.

With the arrival of what is potentially one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Florida, officials have set aside 3.2 million liters (0.85 million gallons) of water, filled 67 trailers with meals, and amassed 24,000 tarps.

It would cross the eastern Florida Panhandle and move into southern Georgia later in the day, dumping as much as 41cm of rain, it said.

As the flooding in Jacksonville is a problem there is also massive power outages. That number includes six in Florida, three in Georgia, and one in SC. There are more than 160,000 in shelters statewide.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the Navy has deployed the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to help with search and rescue amid reports of devastation in the hurricane-battered Keys.

"I just hope everybody survived", Scott said after flying over the archipelago Monday.

But The Associated Press has been texting with John Huston, who has been riding out the storm in his house on Key Largo, on the Atlantic side of the island, just south of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The National Guard also has arrived in the island chain amid official fears that a humanitarian crisis may be developing in the stricken region.

Yep, a flight landed in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday for the first time since Hurricane Irma slammed the state.

The major theme parks of Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld are all going to try to open on Tuesday.

Tampa's Office of Emergency Management tweeted a photo of people walking on Tampa Bay, which it said "is very low due to the storm". SeaWorld reported that all its animals and personnel were safe.

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