Hurricane Jose is taking slow, looping path

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Last October, Hurricane Matthew knocked out 1.2 million FPL customers as it skirted Florida's east coast without making landfall.

There is now a dawn-to-dusk curfew instilled in the Keys.

Gastesi said no matter what happened to their beloved home, "We're going to be okay".

Some 400 miles north of the Keys, the wind was picking up in St Petersburg and people began bracing for the storm's wrath.

The number of people without electricity in the late-summer heat dropped to around 10 million - half of Florida's population.

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Some Florida utilities, including FPL, warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas because infrastructure systems in some of those places will need to be rebuilt. About 110,000 remained in shelters across Florida. The current forecast has Jose coming about 500 miles away from the SC coast by Sunday, moving due north and staying well offshore.

The storm has been steadily weakening after leaving a path of devastation through the Caribbean and up the coast of Florida over the last several days.

Speaking about the havoc wrecked across the Atlantic, Munday added: "My heart goes out to the people on these islands because they didn't have the resources, the shelter, the ability to prepare as we would have on the mainland, which makes them more vulnerable".

"We're still just kind of putting it back together and BAM, it came again and destroyed it", Spalding said. "This state is a state of strong resilient people".

Over the next two days, Irma is expected to push to the northwest, into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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In addition to Jose there are two other tropical waves being watched by the hurricane center.

Unlike Hurricane Harvey, which shut down a dozen refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, causing gas prices to skyrocket around the country, Irma has had little impact on prices. Now, the storm is moving towards Florida and is likely to hit anytime soon where severe damage is expected. Anyone who does have water is being asked to boil it before drinking or cooking.

More than six million people in Florida and Georgia have been urged to leave their homes and Florida governor Rick Scott called on anyone still in areas at risk to follow evacuation orders, telling them: "This is clearly a life-threatening situation". The U.S. Navy dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and two other ships to the Florida Keys to help with search-and-rescue operations. Spalding scrambled to get furniture off the floor as 2 feet (0.6 meters) of water rose quickly inside the house.

With gas stations in the area closed, drivers low on fuel get a few gallons from a Florida Department of Transportation Road Ranger at an I-4 off-ramp north of Orlando, Florida, on Monday.

Michala Laufle, who rode out Irma in her Keys home, told CBS News she was glad she didn't evacuate despite the warnings.

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"There's a lot of homes that have water in the them right now", Gillen said. "It means it hasn't gotten to us yet", Koon said.

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