Irma, which recently weakened to a tropical storm, is still producing some wind gusts that are close to hurricane strength as it continues to move inland over northern Florida and toward Georgia.
US Virgin Islands: Damage to infrastructure was said to be widespread, with four deaths confirmed.
As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, power was still out for about 500,000 customers in metro Atlanta, according to outage maps from Georgia Power and the state's electrical membership cooperatives. Emergency crews made rescues throughout the night.
Irma has now weakened to a tropical storm as it heads towards southern Georgia, and forecasts also suggest that SC and Alabama are in its path. "So everybody's got to be patient as we work through this", he said. Another man was killed in Sandy Springs, an Atlanta suburb, when a tree fell and "literally cut the home in half", said Sharon Kraun, the city's communications director. So when the winds did their turn about 2 or 3 a.m. Monday morning, they weren't strong enough to cause the storm surge forecasters had predicted.
More than 22,000 miles above the surface of Earth, a new weather satellite run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured high-resolution imagery of three unsafe hurricanes moving across the Atlantic Ocean over the past week. The Category 3 tropical cyclone made landfall on Sunday, Sep.
Meteorologist Richard Rude said the risk for storm surge could be highest later this morning and afternoon.
Around midday, Irma spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 60 miles per hour.
- Strong winds blowing from the northeast pushed water out of shallow parts of bays and harbors in cities like Tampa and Port Charlotte.
The geography of the bay creates a funnel: if a major hurricane with 111+ miles per hour winds from the southwest pushes water into the bay, a surge would be devastating.
St Martin and St Barthelemy: Six out of 10 homes on St Martin, an island shared between France and the Netherlands, are now uninhabitable, French officials say. No injuries have been reported. "And I spoke with the administrator Brook Long of FEMA yesterday", Scott said.
People told to flee in Florida in advance of the storm, leading to days of jampacked highways and frantic searches for gasoline amid one of the nation's largest ever emergency evacuations.
The storm has been steadily weakening after leaving a path of devastation through the Caribbean and up the coast of Florida over the last several days.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surges "Expected in areas of onshore winds along the Florida west coast". The storm has killed 37 people in the Caribbean and at least five people in Florida, and it's left almost 6 million Florida customers without power. The effect led to surreal scenes and even prompted a special warning from the National Weather Service to gawkers along the shore.
Scott cautioned Floridians to stay off the streets, specifically around downed power lines and stressed patience as state, local and federal officials formulate a plan to deal with the storm's blow-back.