Irma: The science behind the storm

Storm-chasers get blown down Florida street trying to measure Hurricane Irma

Juston Drake attempting to measure the speeds of the winds of Hurricane Irma

It was hard to get detailed information on the condition of the island chain where Irma first came ashore over the weekend because communication and access were all but cut off by the storm's arrival as a Category 4 hurricane.

"This is going to be a frustrating event".

Not over yet: Residents near rivers will start to see flooding as the days go on, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has set up a CareLine to answer questions about the storm and to direct people in need to available resources.

Irma has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power after wreaking a trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean. As of Monday morning, roughly 4.4 million of the company's almost 5 million customers were without power, according to a company outage map.

Irma, which made landfall in the Florida Keys yesterday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane, has now been downgraded to a tropical storm.

The Netherlands estimated that 70 percent of the houses on St. Martin were badly damaged or destroyed.

About 2-1/2 months remain in the official Atlantic hurricane season.

Forecasters say Hurricane Jose is going to make a loop between the Bahamas and Bermuda this week and needs to be watched closely, as it could track toward the southeast coast by early next week.

The US military was deploying air search and rescue missions as well as two amphibious warships in addition to the aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln which arrived there Sunday night. The storm headed north on Monday towards Gainesville and Tallahassee, taking risky wind gusts with it, ABC News reported. "There were a few people that stayed behind in Summerland Key, one man who lost his roof but was okay". She did not have a count on how many. "They can donate to disaster, text disaster at 2022", Mr Scott said. Irma, now regarded as a post-tropical cyclone, was moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 15 miles per hour.

Emergency managers in the islands declared on Monday "the Keys are not open for business" and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service and that supplies were low and anxiety high.

Miami Beach will allow residents to return home from 8 a.m. (1200 GMT), its mayor said.

No timetable was given for for reopening the remainder of the Keys. Tropical storm winds reached more than 400 miles (645 kilometers) from the storm's center, toppling trees that crashed onto homes and power lines across a large inland area. Georgia: More than 1.4 million customers, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC.

But there was some good news: There are no known fatalities on the Keys, Newman said.

"They assess, they call back to dispatch and let them know what materials are needed, and that's when you see the bucket trucks roll in, " Ms. Gibbs said.

- One person was found dead in Orange County in a single-car accident linked to the storm, police said without providing details.

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