Hurricane Irma unleashes full fury on Florida's Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Irma's had made landfall in lower Florida Keys on Sunday, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts and storm.

Wild waves were crashing over the seafront of the old colonial city after Irma ravaged Cuba's northern coast on its way to Florida.

His worry was that he would have to go through about 25 more trees in order to get home.

Tropical Storm Irma toppled trees and left many without power as the outer bands of the storm moved into North Carolina on Monday evening.

He says there is "devastation" and he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma.

How many people were evacuated?

"We have already had incidents with panels blowing from buildings that has resulted in several downtown streets being closed down by our public safety personnel already", Reed said Sunday. Forecasters said significant river flooding was likely over the next five days in the Florida peninsula and southern Georgia.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds weakened to 85 miles per hour with additional weakening expected.

The NHC earlier tweeted that people in the area of Naples and Marco Island should move away from the coast as storm surges of up to 15ft were possible.

Category 2 Hurricane Irma touched down in Florida Sunday, battering the southwestern part of the state with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and severe flooding.

Four people have died and millions are without power as Hurricane Irma rips across Florida, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Some 900,000 customers lost power in Georgia.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump spoke with the governors of Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

State officials are also fearful the massive rain that was soaking the state could also lead to flash floods.

The State Department said Monday that US embassies and consulates have reopened in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Barbados and Curaçao, although services were limited. In the Caribbean, at least 24 were people were killed during Irma's destructive trek across exclusive islands known as the vacation playground for the rich. Petersburg area had braced for the first direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921.

This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. Much stronger and more devastating hurricanes have hit in decades past including Andrew and the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.

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