Wondering when Irma will leave Florida?
In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 miles per hour, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics. His town might have taken the worst of the wind, but the devastating storm surge they all feared never materialized.
Florida Governor Rick Scott expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased. The Category two storm is being hit by some wind shear, and has weakened. Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down.
It flooded streets, snapped construction cranes and left 58 percent of all Florida electricity customers without power - about 5.8 million accounts - according to Florida's State Emergency Response Team. "After damage assessment, we will determine if passenger flights will resume on Tuesday, September 12". So that's affecting a lot of territory here in Florida.
"Don't drive over down power lines, into standing or moving water, and make sure you have a good spare tire", a representative said. We're still getting reports on that.
Perhaps the most stirring video comes from the US Virgin Islands, where the aftermath looks nearly post-apocalyptic.
In its latest update at 03:00 GMT Monday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says "hurricane conditions are continuing across portions of the central Florida peninsula".
Georgia's Emergency Management Agency warned people there are fuel shortages on Interstate 75 along with gas stations without power. "I think we're really well coordinated, as well as you can possibly be".
Brad Whitworth of Texas is riding the storm out in Tavernier, Florida, just south of Key Largo.
Residents in area that had yet to see the worst either evacuated the area or prepared to shelter in place - including animals in Tampa's Busch Gardens.
The St. Johns River, which cuts through this northeastern Florida city, overflowed its banks, flooding bridges and city streets. "We want everybody to survive this storm". I mean there was no green or yellow, just a little shade of blue down at the bottom.
It is only the beginning of what is slated to be a very long recovery process. "It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely", he said in a statement. "This was a king tide, so with that king tide and the storm surge, plus the heavy amount of rain that came in, there is considerable flooding".