The first was over the Florida Keys, and the second, over Marco Island, left the island without water and power, authorities said. Forrest and his roommate chose to ignore a mandatory evacuation order and ride out the storm in their apartment.
Five deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia and one in SC. A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said more than 3.6 million of its customers were without service. Hundreds of thousands of people spent the night in emergency shelters. "We've got roads that are impassable, so everybody's got to be patient as we work through this". "What's going to happen now?"
Brad Whitworth of Texas is riding the storm out in Tavernier, Florida, just south of Key Largo.
Around the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, where Irma rolled through early Monday, damage appeared modest. In the Keys, though, he said "there is devastation".
"I've had phone calls all day long about nursing homes and assisted living that don't have their power", Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference Monday. We do not know what state they are in now. The National Guard also has arrived in the island chain amid official fears that a humanitarian crisis may be developing in the stricken region.
He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross.
Dozens of people were arrested for looting in Miami and Fort Lauderdale during the storm, including nine people in Fort Lauderdale captured on Local 10 news footage walking out of shoe stores with stolen items. Parts of Metro Atlanta remain under a Tropical Storm Warning, while areas of South Georgia are covered by a Hurricane Warning. "The current forecast has Irma dumping up to 6" of rain (possibly more in isolated spots) in parts of Georgia and SC.
Recovery operations are ramping up around Florida and beyond, even as the weakened vestiges of Irma dump rains across the South in such states as Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.
People in the heavily populated Tampa-St.
Search and rescue teams in Florida are swinging into action as daylight reveals the extent of damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma.
The hurricane, now downgraded to a Category 3 storm, has wind speeds of 130 miles per hour that have pounded palm trees along Brickell Ave.in the city's downtown financial area.
Ferguson reported from Jacksonville.