Irma leaves Jacksonville looking more like a lake than a city

Irma leaves Jacksonville looking more like a lake than a city

Irma leaves Jacksonville looking more like a lake than a city

Jose Dominguez Sr cleans up debris following Hurricane Irma in North Miami, Florida, on Monday.

As of AirTalk Monday, the storm is swirling above eastern Georgia and South Carolina, bringing wind and heavy rain to cities like Macon, GA and Charleston, SC. Millions across Florida remain without power as cities like Naples and Miami begin to survey the damage while others like Jacksonville are still flooding, though the extent of the damage in many areas is still unknown. It is even visible from the International Space Station. About 25% of the crop may be lost.

Across the state, roads were being cleared, buildings were repaired and assessed and an army of utility workers deployed from a network of temporary work camps. It swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes.

Hurricane Irma is getting weaker as it moves over the western Florida peninsula after hitting the state Sunday as a Category 4 storm.

Five people were killed in the British Virgin Islands. But as for the "good news", he pointed to the storm surge.

"I just hope everybody survived", Mr Scott said.

Most of the Sunshine State however appeared to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings. Ports critical to supplying the state with gasoline and diesel were also closed, and energy companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Kinder Morgan Inc. shut fuel terminals and pipelines.

Irma had triggered orders for more than six million people in the United States to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in the country's history.

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"We're hunkered down and riding it out at the moment", Mr Cronin said.

At least one other possibly storm-related fatal car crash was reported on Sunday in Orange County, Florida.

Just two days before Irma skirted Puerto Rico, Iniciativa Comunitaria, a 25-year-old organization focused on community uplift whose motto translates to "we are a big hug", opened a shelter on the island to take in displaced people. Mayor Dick Cronin said most people on the island did not evacuate, because they saw the storm moving westward. Around 3.5 million people have been left without power in the storm, declared a major disaster by President Trump. The St. Johns River, which cuts through the city, overflowed its banks, flooding bridges and streets. A t-shirt, anything white. "Search and rescue teams are ready to deploy".

A tornado spun off by Irma was reported on the Georgia coast, and firefighters inland had to rescue several people after trees fell on their homes.

In flood-prone Miami, the largest US city in Irma's path, cleaning crews began clearing branches, debris and fallen street signs from downtown and the Brickell financial district at dawn on Monday.

One of the biggest lingering problems was widespread power outages, with utilities reporting some 7.4 million homes and businesses without electricity in Florida and neighboring states. "Water is up to the mailbox level in some neighborhoods". In Orlando, about half the city's utility customers had no service. Petersburg area were braced for its first direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921.

The eerie reverse storm surge phenomenon left residents awestruck - and some brazen enough to walk out on the mucky flats previously covered by water and fit for swimming.

Police in Lakeland, say a family with small children was rescued from a car that was submerged in water as Hurricane Irma crossed the area.

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