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Winds lash palm trees as Hurricane Irma strikes in Boca Raton Florida on Sunday

Winds lash palm trees as Hurricane Irma strikes in Boca Raton Florida on Sunday

"And we'll go from there", Florida National Guard Capt. Corey Gathers said.

Initial damage assessments found 25 per cent of homes there were destroyed and 65 per cent suffered major damage, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said. It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages.

The first one was over the Florida Keys, which Irma hit as a Category 4 hurricane.

House after house, block after block, roofs are torn off, boats are on the road, and RVs are mangled in trees.

"This was a big part of my life".

Meanwhile, those hoping to get home were stuck, many of them gathering inside of a RaceTrac gas station, trying to fuel up.

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Recently, the Caribbean region has been hit by a number of hurricanes.

As anxious residents lost patience, tensions climbed. After all, we're in peak hurricane season, where the ocean temperatures are as warm as they get for the entire year. "I believe that's what's going on". She said she was scared but is glad she didn't evacuate.

"Everybody will take their shirt off their back to help you".

"It's hard to describe lower keys right now". Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon as Hurricane Irma turns toward the Florida Keys on Saturday, in Havana, Cuba September 9, 2017.

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A boatyard was turned into a jumble of insurance claims. That is nearly half of all power accounts in the state.

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A resort island chain that stretches from the tip of the state into the Gulf of Mexico, the Keys are connected by a bridges and causeways along a narrow route of 160km. The Keys, which largely emptied out ahead of the storm, will remain desolate until that water and power is restored.

Later next week, it could impact the Bahamas, the East Coast of the U.S., or it could turn back into the sea.

In Miami-Dade County, where roads flooded and debris flew, around three-quarters of residents (830,000 out of 1.1 million) are without power as of Monday.

"We have received quite a bit of flooding in Chatham County".

Most outages were still in FPL's service area in the southern and eastern parts of Florida.

The US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln has arrived off Florida's east coast and two amphibious assault ships will arrive on Tuesday to help in the Keys.

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