Irma's girth and path made for a bizarre Florida storm surge

A local resident walks across a flooded street in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida US

A local resident walks across a flooded street in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida US

Irma wreaked havoc in the Florida Keys and along the entire length of the Florida peninsula. By Sunday morning, streets were flooded and damage was already evident.

Other big power utilities in Florida include units of Emera Inc and Southern Co, which also operates the biggest electric companies in Georgia and Alabama. Irma sent 4 feet of ocean water into downtown Charleston, South Carolina, as the storm's centre passed 400 km away.

The scale of Irma's trail of destruction across Florida is becoming evident as the remnants of the most powerful storm in the history of the Atlantic turned towards Alabama and was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Irma made history by making landfall in the Florida Keys as a category four hurricane - the first time in recorded history that two category four hurricanes have hit the US back-to-back.

The NHC is monitoring another hurricane, Jose, which was spinning in the Atlantic about 1130km west of Florida.

At least five deaths were reported from the storm.

For those wanting to get back to the Sunshine State, all airports remain closed as of this entry and power is out to over half the state.

"It's devastating", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys. After flying over the Keys yesterday, the governor described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and other damage. The National Guard also has arrived in the island chain amid official fears that a humanitarian crisis may be developing in the stricken region.

Trucks are heading south on I-75 and I-95 - often with escorts from the Florida Highway Patrol - to help with the state's shortage, AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.

By now you've probably seen some of the damage Hurricane Irma has brought to Florida and the southeast United States.

The storm "generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy in a 24-hour period on record, breaking old record set by Allen" in 1980, Klotzbach says, referring to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's wind energy index.

Clearing roads: Roads are the main concern, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, as thousands of trees are down.

We'll have more on Hurricane Irma after headlines. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar.

A weakened but still risky Irma pushed inland on Monday as it hammered Florida with winds and floodwaters that created hazards even for rescuers trying to help beleaguered residents.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands have not become any better organized during the past day, the Hurricane Center reported.

The gasoline pipeline terminal in Orlando reopened Tuesday morning, said Ricky Joshi, manager of distributor Sunstate Oil in Orlando.

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