Aftermath of powerful hurricane Irma in Florida

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Hurricane Irma brought torrential rain to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sep.

Over 7.3 million homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama because of Hurricane Irma, according to state officials and utilities on Monday.

Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light, said Irma caused the most widespread damage in the company's history. After delivering a final blow to the state of Florida Monday, the storm brought winds of about 25 miles per hour as it moved toward Tennessee early Tuesday morning. But by the time Irma arrived in the middle of the night Monday, its winds were down to 100 miles per hour (161 kph) or less.

Tens of thousands of Floridians have sought refuge in shelters to avoid a direct hit from the monster storm, although some have ignored repeated warnings and remained home.

Senterfitt told a teleconference a large airborne relief operation was being prepared by the Air Force and Air National Guard to take help to the chain of islands, which are linked by a dramatic series of bridges and causeways from Key Largo nearly 160 km southwest to the picturesque town of Key West.

Several of the Orlando, Florida, theme parks that are popular with tourists around the world have plans to reopen now that Hurricane Irma has moved out of the state.

The state had about 250,000 Irma evacuees from Florida as of Sunday, officials said earlier today.

Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast Sunday as a Category 4 storm, with high winds, torrential rains, and devastating flooding.

The Associated Press reported the storm engulfed almost the entire Florida peninsula, wreaking havoc from the state's southernmost point up to the Georgia line, from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf side. He still had power.

"What we feared the most was the surge", he said this morning on MSNBC. FOX 5 Storm Team's Joanne Feldman said wind gusts will be strongest from about 2 p.m. until midnight. Air traffic above Florida ceased over the weekend, and Miami International Airport announced no passenger flights would be scheduled for Monday.

The risk of storm surge flooding extends northward to the coasts of Georgia and SC today, too.

The resource adds that a category four storm - the strength of Irma when it first struck the United States mainland - would see "trees stripped of all foliage and fruit, many trees blown over and away from property".

Miami on Florida's east coast and Naples on the west coast were among the worst hit by Irma.

The National Weather Service advises you stay in a room that is centralized in your home and that has no windows, on the lowest level of the house, if possible.

A storm surge flooded Jacksonville's downtown area, and JEA, the city's electric utility, reported at least 267,000 customers were without power.

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