Millions without power in Florida as Hurricane Irma pounds the state

Millions without power in Florida as Hurricane Irma pounds the state

Irma is now headed towards Naples, Florida where it is expected to make landfall around 3:30 pm ET.

As of Tuesday morning, Jose was 435 miles northeast of Grand Turk Island and 655 miles northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning with top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph).

Aerial images captured by the NBC 6 helicopter Monday morning revealed for the first time the scope of Hurricane Irma's desctruction in South Florida and the Keys.

Brennan added that in some places along the southwestern coast of Florida there remained a risk of "catastrophic life-threatening storm surge", with water rising to between 10 to 15 feet.

Not over yet: Residents near rivers will start to see flooding as the days go on, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said.

"It's been very good, and there is cooperation between the federal level, the state and the locals", Sen.

Roofs ripped off: CNN's team in Key Largo saw some areas devastated by the storm, with roofs ripped off mobile homes in one neighborhood.

South Florida's large population of elderly residents posed a severe test for the emergency shelters. Irma is also responsible for the death of 38 people throughout the Caribbean. The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about September 17, while customers on the state's west coast should expect most power to be restored by September 22.

The flooding in Jacksonville was expected, at least to a point.

But as all those residents fled, thousands of volunteers and members of the National Guard flooded in.

National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Shiveley said if water from the bay had not receded, storm surge in the city would have been much higher.

But when it hit the Florida Keys islands on Sunday, it was down to category four, and it continued weakening over other parts of Florida. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

The storm was one of the most powerful ever seen in the Atlantic and has already killed 24 in the Caribbean and pummelled Cuba with 11 metre waves.

And high tide won't hit until afternoon.

From her position the deadly storm is "violent" with sustained winds of 60-100km/h and gusts over 170km/h.

Irma also pummeled the Charleston area on Monday with over 8 inches of rain and a almost 10-foot storm surge.

Irma is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression by Tuesday, just as it makes its way toward Alabama's northern border with Tennessee. At least 51,000 people have entered more than 400 shelters to ride out the storm, emergency management officials said.



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