Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said that people had been killed in the Keys, which have almost 80,000 permanent residents, but she did not have a count on how many.
As to when communities will be able to turn their lights on again, Kraft said there still in the "assessing conditions" phase, meaning they're waiting on crews to look at the damage to give an accurate timeline of making repairs.
Floridians that have returned to their homes find that their houses and possessions have been destroyed by the Category 5 typhoon.
Currently, the storm is located 450 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island, and 645 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. And in some areas it is still too risky to even assess the damage.
But Williamson said, '(they) are really not looking so good right now'. Allen holds the record at 190 miles per hour in 1980.
The destruction across the Keys is catastrophic, particularly over the Lower Keys where many residents still haven't been able to return to their homes.
Utility companies reported some 6.9 million homes and businesses were without electricity in Florida and neighbouring states, and said it could take weeks to fully restore service. Door to door searches began this morning.
Judging from previous studies, the WMO said greenhouse warming will cause the globally averaged intensity of tropical cyclones to shift towards stronger storms, with intensity increases of two to 11 percent by 2100.
Curry says he hopes the city will move to recovery mode soon, but for now, they're still in rescue mode. "But hey, you live by the ocean ... you got to take chances". "Anything white somewhere on your house that can be viewed visibly from outside".
If the water hadn't pushed out, Shiveley said, storm surge could have been in the eight or nine-foot range. Some streets and homes still under water today.
The emptying of Tampa Bay on Sunday proved to be more than just an occasional weather phenomenon. In the span of 24 hours, Irma became a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.
The bay was full of water again by 10 a.m. Monday.