Power Out For More Than 60 Percent Of Florida Homes And Businesses

Watch Scenes of Hurricane Irma lashing Florida

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Irma killed almost 40 people in the Caribbean and at least six in Florida and Georgia.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt raised more than $30 million, volunteers continue to fly into Texas from all around the country to assist with cleanup and recovery, and a jaw-dropping 122,331 people were rescued or evacuated, along with 5,234 pets.

- As many as 5.7 million customers are without power across Florida, according to Gov. Rick Scott's office.

Trump also spoke with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee - four states in Irma's path.

"If you are planning to leave and do not leave tonight, you will have to ride out this extremely risky storm at your own risk", Scott said at a press conference.

As Irma weakened into a tropical storm and finally left Florida on Monday after a run up the entire 400-mile length of the state, the full scale of its destruction was still unknown, in part because of cut-off communications and blocked roads.

Jose, another powerful Category 4 storm, was heading towards the same string of Caribbean islands Irma has pummeled in recent days.

In storm-battered towns up and down Florida's western shores - from Naples and Fort Myers north through Sarasota, Tampa and St. Petersburg - residents huddled with relatives, neighbours and pets to ride out a hurricane that had ranked as one of the Atlantic's most powerful in a century. He said nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes.

A local Florida official said there had been more deaths yet to be reported, particularly on the Florida Keys, where Irma arrived as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 215km/h on Sunday morning.

"We have no electricity, at least in this pat of Key West, we have no water, we have no internet service", Dave Gonzales, the museum's curator, said on MSNBC Sunday night.

"Everyone that I know was messaging me to leave now, go ahead and leave and I tried to assure everybody that I wouldn't get stuck if it got bad I would get the kids and we would leave", said Kelly Lawson, mother.

He said teams were assessing the storm's impact on the bridges that link the keys, which may not be safe to cross.

"If you need to get out, put a white flag in front of your house". According to ABC, wind gusts hit 66 miles per hour in Charleston, South Carolina, and created a storm surge of 10 feet. Schools in the state planned to close Monday. Georgia Power, the state's largest utility, reported that by itself it had 389,000 customers without power. No flooding, no wind damage, no tornadoes, just a breezy day with a few scattered pockets of rain.

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