Florida Power & Light, the state's major electricity provider, deployed almost 17,000 workers ahead of the storm to assist with restoration.
As the storm weakens as it heads toward Georgia, outages have leveled off or even declined at other Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
The "ride-out" team of about 120 essential personnel who stayed at Kennedy Space Center during the storm, will continue to closely monitor the storm's progress and prepare to assess any damages once the storm has passed, Feinberg said. With about 3 million people, the Tampa Bay metropolitan area is the second-most populous in the state. "This will cover your house", he said.
Rain and winds have subsided in Florida, but the state is still reeling from the storm's destruction. "You will not survive all of this storm surge".
Naples was among the Florida cities pummeled by Hurricane Irma on September 10 - coincidentally the same day that Hurricane Donna devastated Naples 57 years ago, according to David Fralick, the city's communications manager. Irma pales in comparison compared to the utter devastation left behind by those two storms in the United States. The National Hurricane Center reported that Irma will reach northern Florida earlier than expected and may also arrive in neighboring Georgia.
The National Weather Service predicts that the main storm threats from Irma will be flooding along the lower and central coast.
Ships, military personnel and equipment have been deployed to respond to Hurricane Irma.
Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday.
A hurricane warning and storm surge warning are in effect for all counties south of Hernando and Sumter, and a flash food watch is in effect through Monday morning.
"Tonight, I'm sweating", she said.
Puerto Rico, meanwhile, activated its 5,200 National Guard troops, while the U.S. Virgin Islands activated its almost 700-member unit for assistance, according to the Pentagon.
US President Donald Trump, who is personally reviewing the preparations and rescue and relief operations, spoke today morning.