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Florida residents emerge onto hurricane-scarred and flooded streets

Florida residents emerge onto hurricane-scarred and flooded streets

In the Jacksonville area, close to the Georgia line, storm surge brought some of the worst flooding ever seen there, with at least 46 people pulled from swamped homes.

Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key just after 9 a.m. Sunday as a Category 4 storm before weakening as it spun up the Florida peninsula.

Irma was forecast to weaken to a tropical storm as it moved near Florida's northwestern coast on Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

While Irma has passed and the sun is back up in the Sunshine State, residents should probably hold-off on going back.

He said boats were cast ashore, water, sewers and electricity were knocked out, and "I don't think I saw one trailer park where nearly everything wasn't overturned". By Monday afternoon, the former Category 5 hurricane had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) as its core kept weakening on its march into the Southeast.

Hurricane Irma left 5.5 million of the more than 10 million Florida power customers waiting for the electricity to be turned back on.

As for the the east coast of Florida, president and CEO Eric Silagy said there would be "more traditional repairs".

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said Hurricane Irma is going to pose challenges for first responders. "It's just going to get insane pretty quick".

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The county administrator in the Florida Keys says crews will begin house to house searches Monday morning, looking for people who need help and assessing damage from Hurricane Irma. It was expected to cross into Georgia in the afternoon, leaving potentially risky storm surges in its wake. But concrete homes appeared to have withstood the powerful gusts.

Big airports in Florida remain closed, and flight cancellations are spreading along the track of Tropical Storm Irma outside Florida.

It has been downgraded from category three to one but still has maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h).

Parts of the US Virgin Islands also lay in Irma's path, though Trump does not now have plans to stop there. Strong river flooding is possible over the next five days in much of central Georgia and southern SC.

As nightfall approached Tuesday, many people from SC to Florida were staying in darkened homes, dealing with fallen trees and blocked roadways, and hoping they could find gas.

In flood-prone Miami, the largest USA city in Irma's path, crews were busy clearing branches, debris and fallen street signs from downtown.

Tropical Storm Irma, once a hurricane, is churning its way away from the Tampa Bay region. Some residents were trying to reach their homes by walking through waist-high floodwater, while others paddled canoes.


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