Tropical Storm Irma, once a hurricane, is churning its way away from the Tampa Bay region.
With Hurricane Irma bearing down the Florida peninsula and Brevard County, Florida Power and Light is offering a Hurricane Irma Storm Center Outage Map for all of its customers. The worst storm surge flooding always occurs to the right of the point of landfalls.
The NWS says conditions will likely improve Monday evening as a weakening tropical storm Irma moves northward into central Georgia.
The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people, and made two landfalls Sunday.
"In recorded history, there have been only three Category 5 hurricanes to make landfall on the U.S.", Nitz said. The second one hit Marco Island, leaving the entire island without water and power, authorities said.
Alabama officials are also getting ready for the wrath of Irma.
Police in Miami-Dade County said they had made 29 arrests for looting and burglary.
CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said the severity of the storm surge depended on which side of the storm Tampa was on. No injuries have been reported. Irma cut a devastating track across 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing at least 28 people there.
Flying objects such as coconuts turned into risky projectiles.
With winds over 40 miles per hour, ambulances and other first responders will not be on the road due to safety concerns.
Many streets were flooded in downtown Miami and other cities.
Sarasota County ordered mandatory evacuations for zone A, largely encompassing mobile home parks, the barrier islands and low-lying areas on the mainland a voluntary evacuation for residents in zone B. Now that storm surge threats have reached between six and 10 feet, the county's emergency management chief said those residents are encouraged to evacuate. Many left before Saturday, while others have chose to stay.
Tropical storm force winds are expected to linger in Middle Georgia until early Tuesday.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday" as Irma began its assault on Florida on Sunday morning, Long called the storm a "complex event" in particular because of its movement from the southern part of the state to the north. Petersburg area had braced for the first direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921.
However, Irma is expected to strengthen back to a Category 4 with 140 miles per hour winds before making landfall.