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1M homes, businesses in Florida still have no power after Irma

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Strong Wind Rain Lash Fort Pierce Florida

"There are also gas shortages in south Georgia and north Florida".

Irma sustained its 185-mph winds for 37 hours - "the longest any cyclone around the globe has maintained that intensity on record", according to Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm from a hurricane to tropical storm Monday morning as it reached the northern parts of the state.

Irma is centered about 105 miles (170 kilometers) north-northwest of Tampa, Florida, and is moving north-northwest near 18 mph (30 kph).

Coastal communities reported rising flood waters in streets, three Miami construction cranes fell and a sewage pump in Hialeah failed.

Flooding was not the only concern in Florida. Cities flooded, power lines were downed and trees were uprooted across the state. Gov.

Powerful winds from Hurricane Irma battered Florida with forecasters warning of unsafe strom surges that will lead to massive flooding across the U.S. state, media reports said.

"There's devastation", Scott told a press conference following an aerial tour of the archipelago, which was the first part of the United States to be struck by Irma while it was still a Category Four hurricane.

Following the path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma, officials in the Florida Keys announced the area is closed.

The authorities ordered the evacuation of almost 6.5 million people, a third of Florida's population to evacuate when the threat of Irma was looming.

"It would have been nice if there weren't people in the areas that were affected by the surge, but the first responders just stepped right up and did their jobs", Curry said. The rescued families are being taken a shelter for safety. You feel sorry for every one of those people. The sheriff's office said in a news release that Nancy Eason was fatally injured as the tree pinned the 67-year-old retired court reporter and her husband inside the vehicle. But I got lucky and so did some other people.

"The loss of these individuals is a profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma", the association said in a statement.

This southwest Florida city was the second place Hurricane Irma made landfall, striking Sunday afternoon as a Category 3 storm.

The Dutch government also is sending extra troops to maintain order following widespread looting and robberies.

Not over yet: Residents near rivers will start to see flooding as the days go on, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said.

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