Hurricane Irma has regained strength as it begins pummeling Florida, threatening nearly the entire southeastern U.S. state after leaving a deadly path of destruction across the Caribbean islands.
Repairs to Florida's grid could take weeks to complete, as utility companies warn residents to prepare for heavy damage reports from Irma.
As a Category 5 storm, Irma cut across the northern coast of Cuba, where at least 10 people were killed, according to The Guardian. It took power crews two hours to disconnect the electricity so the mane could escape the vehicle. We have downed power lines all across the state. A storm surge flooded Jacksonville's downtown area, and JEA, the city's electric utility, reported at least 267,000 customers were without power.
The storm is expected to move through the Florida panhandle and on to Georgia and Alabama by Monday night, with winds topping 85 miles per hour.
The death toll from Irma now stands at 40, mainly from the Caribbean.
We're in the middle of the most active part of what's been a busy hurricane season so far.
The resource adds that a category four storm - the strength of Irma when it first struck the USA mainland - would see "trees stripped of all foliage and fruit, many trees blown over and away from property".
Irma, which was expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous USA state, it hit just days after the Houston area was deluged by unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 127cm of rain in parts of Texas.
"They told me there is definitely water in the downstairs apartment, which is me", said Keeney, a concierge at the Hyatt in Key West. Early on Tuesday, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia.
Irma will continue to weaken through the day and is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression by Tuesday.
This is the first year on record that the continental United States has had two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year.
The region has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1921.