Several hurricane warnings and watches now are in effect for Florida and the Tampa Bay region, meaning that within the next two days, hurricane-force winds in excess of 74 miles per hour likely will be a reality.
Hurricane Irma Shatters Florida:- USA has been hit by hurricanes most frequently in the recent times. One Miami resident shared a photo on Twitter of a crane that collapsed onto a downtown building, while anther posted video of flooded streets. The mayor of Naples said those in hotels around the city were ordered out of common areas and into their rooms.
Glynn County is still under a tropical storm warning and storm surge and flash flood watches. Downed trees and debris littered the roads, he said, but the city did not experience any storm surge like it feared. And Miami International Airport is now closed-officials say it's unclear if they'll be able to resume flights on Tuesday, but they're assessing the damage.
So there's concern that structures there might not be as strongly built as some of - more down in South Florida.
Gould estimated that FPL positioned "17,000 restoration workers from about 30 states" in anticipation of fix efforts before the storm arrived, but said that flooding from storm surges and traffic congestion as residents return home this week would delay the project. Strong and damaging winds possible from the coast to far inland.
Irma hit 57 years to the day since Hurricane Donna in 1960, which was the last time a Category 4 hurricane devastated the Florida Keys.
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Some social media users documented fallen trees that crashed down due to the fierce winds and downpours.
"Well", he added, "we're about to get punched in the face". All around the region, more than 7 million homes and businesses lost power at one point from Irma's passage, the brunt of the outages occurring in Florida. We need to be prepared. "He said, 'I'll provide whatever resources you need.' They have done everything I've asked for".
"We get into your Tuesday, it's not even windy anymore", he said. As of 10 p.m. Monday night, almost 2 million people were still without power.
Tropical force winds are felt 220 miles away from the center of the storm.