Devastating damage from Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys

Tornadoes terrorize Florida as Hurricane Irma batters US

Twisters swept the US as Hurricane Irma made landfall

These additional deaths arrive following ABC News' tally of 23 people whose US deaths can be attributed to Irma, so the official total has now eclipsed 2 dozen USA dozen lives lost (along with close to 40 in the Caribbean). By Sunday morning, streets were flooded and damage was already evident.

Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-notch Saffir-Simpson scale.

10 people have been killed in Florida, Georgia and SC.

Irma was a hurricane for almost 12 days.

"This is not a one-day event", Curry said.

However, he said, "We got super, super lucky".

Louis Freeman, a Miami-based radiologist, said he returned home after working for 48 hours straight during Hurricane Irma to find his property in turmoil.

Although the brunt of the storm has passed, further evacuations may take place as there is no power or running water in areas.

Georgia Power's number of customers without power has dipped from 870,000 at 4 a.m. Tuesday to 737,274 seven hours later, according to its outage map.

The fatalities, which take the storm's death toll to 61, were confirmed by emergency authorities on Tuesday as people across the region - an island chain stretching southwest from the tip of the Florida Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico - began returning to their devastated neighbourhoods. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Florida. It was the deadliest hurricane in Cuba since 2005.

Power outages continue to plague the US southeastern state, with 4.4 million customers still without power as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "This is life", said Ms Melida Hernandez, 67, as she gazed at the ruins of her home, split in two by a fallen tree.

The State and Defense departments have worked since Friday to evacuate about 1,500 USA citizens from Saint Martin in the Caribbean.

It also lasted three consecutive days as a category-five hurricane, the longest in the satellite era since 1966. "It's been a trying few days for them", Finan said.

The French Government estimated damage at nearly $1.5 billion in just St. Bart's and the French St. Martin, with the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, describing the country as "barely habitable".

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