Irma's eye moves closer to South Florida, heavy bands expected overnight

Irma gains strength, targets Florida after raking Caribbean

Hurricane Irma slams Florida

More than 1 million residents had already lost power by Sunday morning, and it could be days before officials can provide food and water to those struggling in the aftermath of the powerful storm.

Irma was at one point the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, with winds up to 185 miles per hour.

Over six million homes and business in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama have been hit by power cuts as a result of storm Irma. Harvey's landfall marked the first time a major hurricane hit the United States since Hurricane Wilma in Florida in October 2005.

"We don't have a comprehensive insight into what the damage is", Bryan Koon, Florida director of Emergency Management said late Sunday. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist. "We are trying to do everything that we can to get people safe", he said.

A storm surge of 10 feet was recorded there and appliances and furniture were seen floating away, according to AP. After driving from North Port Florida, Dusty King found a place to rest at the Masters Inn in Johnston County.

Scott said Saturday that Florida has been "aggressive" in its preparation for Irma, adding that there were more than 385 shelters open across the path of the storm. In flood-prone Miami, the largest U.S. city in Irma's path, cleaning crews began clearing branches, debris and fallen street signs at dawn on Monday.

"Truthfully, the whole state of Florida is in trouble".

In Miami and Miami Beach, the lingering effects from Sunday's lashing were significant.

Two deaths were blamed on the storm Saturday, of a man who crashed a pickup truck into a tree in Marathon and a man in Lee County, home to Fort Myers, who fell off a ladder while preparing for Irma.

When you wake up Sunday morning, Hurricane Irma will still not have passed, even though waiting for the dreaded storm has already felt interminable.

"Thank God a lot of people evacuated the Keys", said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez, according to the Miami Herald.

Those can accumulate and cause flooding-especially during a normal high tide. "Small boats floating down the street next to furniture and refrigerators".

Irma first made landfall on Barbuda on Wednesday as a Category 5 hurricane, with winds of up to 180 miles (290 kilometers) per hour. In Bonita Springs, on Florida's hard-hit southwest coast, large areas were flooded and the entire city was without power.

The low-lying barrier islands would be inundated if Irma's storm surge reaches forecast heights of as high as 15 feet (4.6 meters).

Gretchen Blee, who moved with her husband to Naples from Long Island, New York, after Superstorm Sandy heavily damaged their beach home in 2012, took cover in a hotel room as Irma raged. "I have been out and around the city today, and I have witnessed the heroes getting people out of their homes, and it is going to continue".

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