This is what Florida looks like as Irma hits

This is what Florida looks like as Irma hits

This is what Florida looks like as Irma hits

"They're shoving people back to a place with no resources", he said by telephone. In a release yesterday it said it had identified several churches that could be used as shelters and disaster relief staging centres after the storm has passed and attempted to move as much equipment as possible to safe locations.

Authorities were stopping people to check documentation such as proof of residency or business ownership before allowing them back into the Upper Keys. Drinking water supplies in the Keys were cut off, fuel was running low and all three hospitals in the island chain were shuttered.

Meanwhile, evacuees in Florida were anxious to return and see how their homes weathered the storm. A Navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off Key West to help in the search-and-rescue effort.

"Tree removal, debris - don't want to say it's negligible, but it's manageable", the mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, said.

On Tuesday morning, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia. Her building manager told her there was flooding there, but further updates were hard to come by because power and cellphone service have been down on the island. "It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely", he said in a statement. Sixty percent of the island's 1,400 residents were left homeless.

"There are still 9 bridges that need final inspections".

"We are dealing with satellite phones and those landlines that are working to try to get information out", she said.

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"Life in Key West, at least for those of us who escaped major structural or water damage, has acquired a provisional ad hoc quality".

One Naples resident told ABC News she was turned away from two shelters before she and her 10-year-old son were finally accepted at one.

FPL will begin restoring power in multiple locations and follow an overall plan that calls for restoring power to the largest number of customers safely and as quickly as possible.

Scott visited with crews in Collier and Lee counties on Tuesday after touring storm damage in Jacksonville. Georgia: More than 1.4 million customers, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC.

At least nine deaths were reported in Florida, Georgia and SC, while at least 38 people died in the islands across the Caribbean, where it is feared the death toll will climb as more information becomes available.

At least 37 others died from Irma in the Caribbean, including at least 10 in Cuba.

As rain and flash flooding continued to strike northern Florida and Georgia, the governor of Florida Rick Scott said it would "take some time" before people could return to their homes. "It is time to take this storm seriously".

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"I would expect that the Keys are not fit for re-entry for regular citizenry for weeks", he said.

When water raced through the streets of Jacksonville, it brought record levels of storm surge along the coast and inland rivers.

John Huston, who stayed in his Key Largo home, watched his yard flood even before the arrival of high tide.

That's why Paul Johnson was surprised when Monday morning he woke up in Jacksonville, looked out the window and saw boats passing by where cars normally drive.

They managed to push his truck through standing water to a nearby parking lot to dry out, but he's anxious about damage to the swamped vehicle.

"We're taking precautions in every area but there are certainly things that we cannot control", the governor said.

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