During a press briefing on Monday, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said the Florida Keys "are going to take a while" and likely won't be "fit for re-entry for regular citizens for weeks".
"Thank you to the public for paying attention, thank you for taking action, and thank you for being patient", Harmer said on Tuesday.
Officials in the Caribbean area are working to help residents reporting shortages of food, water and medicine.
Irma's winds eased to about 100 kilometers per hour Monday as the storm continued to move on a northwest path, away from Florida. And there were patients who had left an ER and needed their medications. At least 35 people have been reported dead in the Caribbean. That's why he hasn't opened his refrigerator yet.
BOOKER: Millions of residents in Florida are eagerly awaiting electricity to come back on.
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ERIC SILAGY: We've never had that many outages.
For the first time ever, two category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the United States.
Throughout the week, Hurricane Jose is expected to complete a loop in a clockwise direction between Bermuda, Bahamas as well as Puerto Rico.
"We got a flight to Jacksonville and I've been trying to find people to pick me up", she said.
Most Keys residents had followed mandatory evacuation orders, but there were some holdouts who had to hunker down as Irma tore over the area known for its fishing and scuba diving. Mario Ritter was the editor.
"We can't get in the way of emergency vehicles and cleanup crews and everything like that", Nuccio said. An estimated 220,000 people were staying in shelters.
Ten days after officially becoming a hurricane, Irma was downgraded early Tuesday to a post-tropical cyclone, or tropical depression.
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Scott also flew over the west coast of Florida on Monday and said the damage was not as bad as he thought it would be.