Florida's Division of Emergency Management said about noon on Monday that 6.52 million utility customers in the state were without power. Weather Underground reports the damage was muted because the storm decreased in strength and made landfall on the west coast in more unpopulated areas.
President Raul Castro said Cubans face "hard days" with homes built with effort torn down in just a few hours by the storm, which struck the island late Friday as a top intensity Category Five hurricane.
Officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone.
In fact, 40% of all United States hurricanes strike Florida, NOAA says.
Lee County officials say shelters are still open if you find that your home is uninhabitable.
The storm has slowly weakened as it traveled up the Florida coast, and was officially downgraded on Monday morning to a tropical storm. "But we do know that in the eastern portions of our state, they need to start preparing themselves for tropical storm conditions". At 8 a.m., the storm was about 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa where storm surge warnings remain in effect.
He can be seen pointing out debris in the water from his docked vessel before he admits on camera that he has never been on a boat during a hurricane before. She said customers would likely see trucks passing through their neighborhoods to take stock before fix crews are sent in.
While its maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph in the 11 a.m. update, the storm has a massive wind field - extending out 415 miles out from the center of the storm. Another wave of tropical moisture from the remnants will swing back to the east through the end of the week bringing additional rain chances.
An additional 45,000 people said that they were "interested" in the public event, where participants will attempt to blow the storm away through their fans.
Irma is the first major hurricane to make a direct strike on Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and appears capable of a wider swath of destruction than each of the several storms that hit the state the mid-2000s.