Hurricane Irma: As storm arrives in Upstate, how windy will it get?

Forecasters say Irma now aimed at Keys, Tampa

Forecasters say Irma now aimed at Keys, Tampa

Florida Power & Light, the state's major electricity provider, says it has almost 20,000 workers deployed around the state. Emergency crews made rescues throughout the night. All over the country, we're asking you to be prepared.

"We've got to work hard to get them their power back". At 5 a.m. ET, Irma was carrying maximum sustained winds of almost 75 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane IrmaMIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Peter Moodley wades through floodwater caused by the storm surge to assess the damage for himself, as the full effect of Hurricane Irma struck Miami, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2017.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.

A tropical storm warning was in place for the Palmetto State from the Georgia border, north to the South Santee. The second one, in Marco Island, was a Category 3 that left the island without water and power, authorities said.

The National Weather Service's Charleston office said winds would begin to pick up Monday morning with speeds of between 35 miles per hour and 45 miles per hour.

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The boom of the crane snapped off and is now still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building. Manx families in Florida are hunkered down after Hurricane Irma blasted up the west coast of the city.

- One person was found dead in Orange County in a single-car accident linked to the storm, police said without providing details.

In the Jacksonville area, close to the Georgia line, storm surge brought some of the worst flooding ever seen there, with at least 46 people pulled from swamped homes.

Most of Florida and parts of Georgia were under tornado watches Sunday as the hurricane's destructive core powered its way into Florida's Gulf Coast, and tornado warnings followed.

Florida outages for Duke, the state's second biggest power company serving the northern and central parts of the state, remained at about 1.2 million overnight, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000. Emera's Tampa Electric utility reported that 300,000 homes and businesses lost power by Monday morning. But he had to move down to the lobby after his hotel room windows took a beating from the strong winds. "These winds are coming".

A report by CoreLogic, the global property data firm, found almost 455,000 Tampa Bay homes could be damaged by storm surges, the most of any major U.S. metro area other than Miami and NY.

- As many as 5.7 million customers are without power across Florida, according to Gov. Rick Scott's office.

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Meanwhile, search-and-rescue teams located in Orlando and other staging areas were waiting out the storm until it was safe enough to go out and assess the extent of the damage and injuries.

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

"Sometimes people listen and sometimes they don't", Long said.

The military was helping in relief operations, with the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier arriving off Florida late Sunday to help in the southern part of the state and along the Florida Keys.

The National Hurricane Centre said hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles (665 km). More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and more than 80,000 in SC.

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