After Irma's destruction, recovery begins — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Downgraded to a Tropical Storm, Irma Hits Florida With Wind, Flooding

Downgraded to a Tropical Storm, Irma Hits Florida With Wind, Flooding

"I don't have a house".

The Keys, a Florida island chain about 120 miles long, were hard-hit by the hurricane on Sunday.

Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm as it wanders off to Alabama, has caused at least ten deaths in Georgia, Florida and SC. Monday night, the storm had weakened to a tropical depression near Columbus, Georgia.

The storm is blamed for at least six deaths in Florida, three in Georgia and four in SC.

The death toll in the Caribbean rose to at least 38 after authorities in Cuba said at least 10 people had been killed there. That's more than the population of NY and Los Angeles combined.

Shelters are allowing people to leave but will stay open for people. Here's what you should know. "It's too early to tell what the exact estimates will be, but I think it won't have a bad impact on the economy".

The huge storm system is dumping heavy rain on parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama - with MS and Tennessee to follow.

Irma's core was expected to reach southern Georgia on Monday afternoon before heading to Alabama. "I have nothing", said Mercedes Lopez, 50, whose family fled north from the Keys town of Marathon on Friday and rode out the storm at an Orlando hotel, only to learn their home was destroyed, along with the petrol station where she worked.

"It's awful, what we saw", Scott said.

"This is going to take some time to restore and, in some circumstances, it will be a situation about rebuilding", Krebs said.

Utility officials said they have almost 20,000 workers helping with the restoration effort.

A curfew is in place Monday from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m.as well as a boil order for those with water and sewer service by Bocilla Utilities. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar. He did say that some areas hit by tornadoes or flooding may take longer. "A t-shirt, anything white", the office said on its Facebook page. Silagy compared FPL's 19,000 crew members to an army that's ready to deploy.

Although frustrated Floridians are anxious to return home, officials are still enforcing an access ban in the Lower Keys as they evaluate the infrastructure, the roadways, health hazards and other safety measures.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state.

CNN also shared drone footage of Tortola and the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma.

Initially, it was a category 3 hurricane but soon it fluctuated to category 5 hurricane with 185 miles per hour (296 km/hr) intensity.

"When that sun came out this morning and the damage was minimal, it became a good day", said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

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