The US military was deploying air search and rescue missions as well as two amphibious warships in addition to the aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln which arrived there Sunday night.
The Triangle probably will get some rain and perhaps a drenching Tuesday, but most of the region is expected to escape much trouble as Hurricane Irma works up the west coast of Florida during the day and then moves into western Georgia.
But the hurricane - larger than the state itself - also brought destruction to the heavily-populated east coast of Florida. Across the state, more than 3.5 million Floridians have lost power. The storm made landfall in the Florida Keys over the weekend.
Irma continues to sustain 50 miles per hour winds and stronger gusts, but is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression as it moves into Alabama on Tuesday.
The massive storm toppling trees, dumping torrential rain.and snapping power lines. leaving more than 2 and a half million homes and businesses without power. Officials closed major bridges.
Residents of Cuba's historic capital Havana were waist-deep in floodwaters Sunday after Hurricane Irma swept by, cutting off power and forcing the evacuation of more than a million people.
"The greatest impacts from Irma will be felt with winds increasing to 40 to 50 miles per hour with gusts near 70 miles per hour along and east of the center of the storm track by early this afternoon".
Thankfully, Freeman said he and his family were all safe after the storm passed, but "it is still hard".
Video footage from Miami shows a frightening scene, with howling winds tearing through the city's streets and whipping the rising flood waters into a frothy river.
Hurricane Irma pummeled Florida Sunday and Monday, causing damage in nearly every part of the state.
The emergency management director for Leon County said that Tallahassee appears to have been spared from injuries, damage, and flooding, the network reported.
Most traffic lights in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, were not functioning on Monday morning, and sand, blown from the county's beaches, covered the A1A highway. Trees and infrastructure collapsed causing significant overall damage.
- One person was found dead in Orange County in a single-car accident linked to the storm, police said without providing details.
People in Florida and the Bahamas have looked on in disbelief as the force of Hurricane Irma appeared to suck shorelines bare and expose sea beds.
Almost 4,000,000 people were without power throughout the state and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), William Long, informed that some places will be without electricity for weeks.
Another 54,000 people were directed to leave coastal areas in Georgia, where storm surges up to 6 feet could drench cities such as Savannah.
With Irma making landfall and moving into Georgia, the attention begins to turn back to the tropics and Hurricane Jose. But the hurricane killed at least 25 people earlier on its path across the Caribbean.