Hurricane Irma's devastation, in pictures

Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma began lashing Islamorada in the Florida Keys on Saturday nightMore

Wind and rain from Hurricane Irma began lashing Islamorada in the Florida Keys on Saturday nightMore

At least 5 deaths in Florida were attributed to Irma, according to ABC News.

According to Florida's Division of Emergency Management some 5.6 million residents have been ordered to evacuate - almost a quarter of the state population.

- Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday.

"It's enormously important that every American in the path of this storm take the warnings of state and local officials to heart", Pence said. In a sign of the sheer size of Irma, hurricane warnings extend northward into South Central Georgia and tropical storm warnings reach nearly to the Georgia/Tennessee state line.

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The first, at about 9.10 a.m., was over the Florida Keys, an isolated string of islands.

In storm-battered towns up and down Florida's western shores - from Naples and Fort Myers north through Sarasota, Tampa and St. Petersburg - residents huddled with relatives, neighbours and pets to ride out a hurricane that had ranked as one of the Atlantic's most powerful in a century.

"We're all hanging in there, ready to get out there to help others as soon as it's safe to do so", Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino said as the storm pounded his city Sunday.

Irma, after making landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida as a major storm, was downgraded to a tropical storm, with 70 miles per hour winds as it went up the Gulf Coast into North Florida.

The remnants of Hurricane Irma could impact the Memphis area by early this week, according to the latest projections. "We have no cell service, no electricity, and no water", Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said.

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"There's devastation", he said, adding that virtually every mobile-home park on the island chain was left upended.

"Sometimes people listen and sometimes they don't", Long said. After all, it's hard to imagine worse conditions than what we saw at the height of the storm. "You've got to be patient". "Life-threatening storm surge" is a danger along portions of the coasts of Florida, Georgia and SC, the NHC said.

Officials at Port Tampa Bay, the state's largest port, told CNNMoney on Monday that the port suffered "very minimal" damage. As of last night, 13 million Floridians had lost electrical power - a stunning 62% of the state's population.

Sunday, is a good day to prepare for the rain and wind coming our way for Monday. Jacksonville reported flash flooding in the downtown area.

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Irma, weakened to a tropical depression, is expected to push into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee over the next two days. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles. "A t-shirt, anything white", the office said on its Facebook page .

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