Deaths in Florida Keys takes Irma's death toll to 61

Hurricane Irma

Downgraded to a Tropical Storm, Irma Hits Florida With Wind, Flooding

Irma was still a category 4 when it hit here, packing winds up to 130 miles per hour. "People will respond if they can see video of something and how bad it is, they're more likely to respond to evacuation orders or take shelter orders if we can help with that".

Having ploughed through several Caribbean islands and deluged Florida as a hurricane, Irma battered the states of South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama with heavy rain on Monday.

Georgia EMC started planning for Irma more than a week before the storm hit. Even in a weakened state, Irma's broad circulation produced a tremendous storm surge along the east coast of Florida, Georgia and SC. Last week it killed at least 37 people as it crossed the Caribbean.

National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Shiveley said if water from the bay had not receded, storm surge in the city would have been much higher. That's more than the population of NY and Los Angeles combined.

A flash flood emergency was issued for Charleston, South Carolina, late on Monday (11 September), as the hurricane tore down houses and cut off power supplies.

He says there is "devastation" and he hopes everyone who stayed behind survived Irma. "What's going to happen now?"

"Each gust felt like someone was giving you a lash on the back and you thought: 'What did I just lose?' " Mr. Baudoin said.

The governor said it was way too early to put a dollar estimate on the damage.

"I expected some fence lines to be down and some debris", said Orlando Morejon, 51, a trauma surgeon from Miami as he hacked away at a tree blocking his Islamorada driveway.

The huge storm system is dumping heavy rain on parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama - with MS and Tennessee to follow.

The surge video was what son Michael captures when he stepped outside their fourth-floor condo on Marco Island.

"It's awful, what we saw", Scott said. By any measure, especially in the Lower Keys, it is a housing and humanitarian crisis that will go on for weeks.

The bay was full of water again by 10 a.m. Monday.

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook. With one look at one Ramrod Key neighborhood, it's easy to understand why: Residents reported multiple tornado warnings when Hurricane Irma's eye passed overhead, leading to the destruction of homes throughout this area.

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