By early Monday, almost 272,000 customers mostly in coastal and south Georgia were without power after Irma crossed over into the state overnight, bringing high winds and rain.
The storm has weakened to a tropical storm with 70 miles per hour winds, according to the 8 a.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center. Most of those staying in shelters are in southeastern Florida, which initially looked to be the main target of the storm before the forecast shifted west.
The chance for severe weather will continue until early Tuesday morning.
Still, Irma evacuees are filling up Atlanta hotels and shelters, and folks are getting creative to offer them a hand.
"We expect (property and casualty) stocks to trade up on Monday, as Hurricane Irma's landfall on Florida's west coast suggests industry losses below the "worst-case" of a direct hit to Miami", analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods said in a research note.
Meanwhile, Georgia's oldest city sat almost empty Sunday.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a storm surge warning for the SC coast through the northern border of Charleston County.
St. Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state's east coast, about 120 miles (193 km) north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami. The National Hurricane Center said a federal tide gauge in Naples reported a 2-meter rise in water levels in just 90 minutes late Sunday.
In one of the largest USA evacuations, almost seven million people in the south east were warned to seek shelter elsewhere, including 6.4 million in Florida alone. "You won't make it turn around & it will have very unsafe side effects" the tweet said.
But some state residents planned to ride out the storm in their homes.
Since Jose is now not a threat to land, the hurricane center will issue less frequent advisories on the storm. In all areas this rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and, in some areas, mudslides.TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible today and tonight over southern Florida.SURF: Swells generated by Irma are affecting the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast coast of the United States today. "I can tell from being up in the attic that the roof beams are all original".
According to ABC News, 27 people have been killed in the Caribbean due to the storm, with another five casualties reported in Florida.
A tropical storm watch has been issued this morning for the following north Alabama counties: Cullman, DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Marshall and Morgan, the National Weather Service in Huntsville said. Officials warned of potential scattered power outages and minor localized flooding.