At least 10 dead in Cuba from Irma

The effects of Hurricane Irma on the island of St Martin

The effects of Hurricane Irma on the island of St Martin Credit GERBEN VAN ES

Irma was at one point the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, with winds up to 298kph.

He further suggested that the USA government is prepared to deal with the storm.

In addition, the hurricane center say tornadoes are possible across northeastern Florida, southeasternGeorgia, and SC through Monday night. However, they warned its maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Forecasters warn wind gusts around 60 miles per hour and storm surge of up to 6 feet are possible later today.

Facebook user Dylan Branscome shared this video of boats in Charlotte Harbor, north of Naples, sitting on their sides offshore.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm's power waned as it crept up the state's west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities.

The storm slammed into the Florida Keys early Sunday, when it was near its greatest strength.

The hurricane center has discontinued all storm surge and tropical storm warnings. More than 200,000 people waited in shelters across Florida.

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 cutoff communications and blocked roads.

President Raul Castro called on Cubans on Monday to unite in swiftly rebuilding the Caribbean nation in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which killed at least 10 people during a devastating three-day rampage along the length of the island.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda says 95 percent of Barbuda's buildings were either destroyed or severely damaged.

- More than 6.2 million electric customers are without power in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott's office said Monday.

Florida Power & Light, the state's major electricity provider, says it has almost 20,000 workers deployed around the state. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Sunday that two more people died in St. Maarten, where the storm destroyed 70% of homes. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.

Before hammering Cuba, the hurricane raged through the Caribbean and seriously damaged Puerto Rico as well as islands controlled by the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France.

The small French island of St. Barthelemy and the French-Dutch island divided between St. Martin and St. Maarten also were badly damaged.

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