This is what South Florida looks like now

This is what South Florida looks like now

This is what South Florida looks like now

So when the winds did their turn about 2 or 3 a.m. Monday morning, they weren't strong enough to cause the storm surge forecasters had predicted. He believes southwest Florida is the most impacted but cautions that numbers may rise as "Irma hasn't left".

He warned against complacency as Hurricane Irma moved through the state, saying "every bit of Florida is going to feel its wrath".

No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm.

Flight charts showed that the hurricane has made the entire state of Florida and the lower half of Georgia no-fly zones.

Dr. Joel Myers, founder of Accuweather, predicts that Irma will ultimately be "the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Huricane Andrew in 1992".

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Trees with trunks as thick as half a meter in diameter were ripped out of earth, smashing the windows of nearby cars. On St. John, about 80 percent of homes were destroyed.

FPL, the biggest power company in Florida, said over 1.9 million of its customers were without power at around 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT), mostly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. City officials said it would have taken about two weeks to move the massive equipment. "And we're going to see winds that are averaging about 40 miles per hour, with peak wind gusts of about 60 miles per hour".

The challenges in the immediate aftermath of the storm will be many: Restoring across the state, removing debris from roads, dealing with possible fuel shortages, and making sure nursing home and hospital patients who were evacuated can safely return.

But the devastating weather has brought people closer.

Vice President Mike Pence and several Cabinet secretaries who were at Camp David for Trump's storm briefing later visited FEMA headquarters.

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"Irma went over and we were all like, 'Oh good, we survived.' And then all of a sudden some of the panels came off the roof, I guess, and we started getting water pouring down in different places", said 61-year-old Mary Fitzgerald.

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"It's disgusting, what we saw", Scott said.

Even as it has weakened (Irma was a Category 2 story by Sunday afternoon) it has picked up speed throughout the day, forecasters said, noting that the storm is now tracking at about 14 miles per hour.

As the storm weakens as it heads toward Georgia, outages have leveled off or even declined at other Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state.

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Irma hit them as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds near 130 miles per hour. "I can't fully assess it", Sellers said. The hurricane's wrath in the Sunshine State extended the full length of the state and reached from the west coast to the east.

"If you own a power washer. imagine taking it in the face", said CNN's Bill Weir of the torrential rain in Key Largo, some 70 miles south of Miami. "We tried to warn everybody".

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