Irma Weakens After Hard Hits on Caribbean, Florida

About 95 per cent of homes in Barbuda were destroyed

About 95 per cent of homes in Barbuda were destroyed

It has been hard to get detailed information on the condition of the island chain where Irma first came ashore over the weekend because communication and access were cut off by the storm's arrival as a Category 4 hurricane. She did not have a count on how many.

"Right now, we're anxious about lives, not cost", Trump said. Video footage of the islands showed homes torn apart by sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (210 kph), which left the Keys without electricity, running water and cell phone service. Irma scrambled transport in the major tourist hub, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and one of the largest evocations in US history.

Forecasters warned that Irma remained risky as it toppled trees and power lines, tore up roofs and threatened coastal areas with storm surges as high as 15 feet (4.6 m).Tornadoes were also spotted through the southern part of the state.

"In the street right now, the water is knee-to-waist deep", he said. In a parting blow to the state before pushing on to Georgia and beyond, the storm caused record flooding in and around Jacksonville, causing untold damage and prompting dozens of rescues.

Severe flooding was reported in many other cities and towns along Florida's Gulf of Mexico coastline.

"There's devastation", he said, adding that virtually every mobile-home park on the island chain was left upended. County officials placed a roadblock around mile marker 74 just before Sea Oates Beach, but said crews were working to restore United States 1 as quickly as possible.

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Havana residents remained without water supplies and phone connections and schools were closed until further notice.

No timetable for reopening the remainder of the Keys was given.

A stunning 13 million people, two-thirds of the third-largest state's residents, plodded on in the tropical heat without electricity, and almost every corner of Florida felt Irma's power. They said it could take weeks to fully restore service.

"They told me there is definitely water in the downstairs apartment, which is me", said Ms. Keeney, who works as a concierge at the Hyatt hotel in Key West.

"Everyone is working to get assets here, get our power back on".

"Each one of us has a cot, a single foot apart", Beyersdorf said on Monday afternoon.

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"I know for our entire state, especially the Keys, it's going to be a long road", he said.

Hurricane Irma damaged a gas station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 10.

Insured property losses in Florida from Irma are expected to run from $20 billion to $40 billion, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide estimated.

USA forecaster AccuWeather said the combined economic cost of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could reach $290 billion.

The storm claimed its first known US fatality over the weekend in the Keys - a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds.

President Raul Castro called on Cubans on Monday to unite in swiftly rebuilding the Caribbean nation in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which killed at least 10 people during a devastating three-day rampage along the length of the island. No official death count has been released.

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