Given its mammoth size and strength and its projected course, Irma could prove one of the most devastating hurricanes ever to hit Florida and inflict damage on a scale not seen here in 25 years. They also have asked the federal government to kick in 11 million meals and millions more liters (gallons) of water, plus almost 700 cases of baby supplies. They suspect they may find fatalities.
Weaker but still massive, Hurricane Irma as a Category 1 storm is still lashing Florida's west coast as it churns northwest Monday morning. Petersburg area early Monday, moving inland in a much-weakened state.
All of Georgia Power's resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma.
There are roughly 7 million residential customers in the state.
Mostly due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey, the average gallon of gas in Florida sold for $2.73 on Saturday, according to AAA.
Authorities in the city of 880,000 said Monday morning there had been a number of injuries from trees crashing through homes and structure fires, but no reported deaths.
Almost 4.5 million FP&L customers lost power due to Irma.
"We are good so far", she said in a text message just before 5:30 a.m.
At least four temples in Atlanta region have opened up their doors for people fleeing from Florida, residents of a large parts of which have been asked by the State government to evacuate. "My concern is that even if we get to go in to the Lower Keys, our fragile infrastructure could be even more compromised".
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"I just hope everyone survived", Gov. Rick Scott said. Long says that in some cases water begins to rise and people get trapped.
Another person died from carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use of a generator in Miami-Dade County, the mayor said.
Florida has already spent $77 million ahead of Irma's arrival.
With an estimated 127,000 huddling in shelters statewide, the storm lashed the low-lying string of islands with drenching rain and knocked out power to over 1 million customers across Florida. Major General Michael Calhoun, the head of Florida's National Guard, said on Sunday that more than 10,000 National Guard members from other states are going to be arriving soon.
- In Venice, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm.
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.
Residents and holidaymakers were ordered to stay indoors until the storm had passed, with many Brits left holed up in apartments or hotel rooms.
This morning, foreign secretary Boris Johnson rejected claims that the United Kingdom government has abandoned British citizens stranded in the Caribbean. But he acknowledged that may not happen soon. But then Irma made a more pronounced westward shift - the result of what meteorologists said was an atmospheric tug-of-war between weather systems that nudged Irma's crucial right turn into Florida's Gulf Coast. You know there's no question, there is nothing amusing or anything about this.