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Millions disconnected from electricity in Florida, Georgia

Millions disconnected from electricity in Florida, Georgia

Parts of the Caribbean and Florida bore the brunt of the storm's devastation: the small island of Barbuda emerged from the storm "barely habitable", while more than seven million people remained without power in Florida Monday.

Authorities plan to fly over the Keys on Monday, officials said.

As the storm pushed north, outage figures were increasing at other large utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp, Southern Co and Emera Inc.

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

"Irma is moving toward the north-northwest near 18 miles per hour (30 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday", the NHC said in its 05:00am Eastern update. Storm surges also swamped some coastal areas in Georgia and SC.

So far, few images of the damage have popped up, as the storm takes its final breaths on Florida.

- Miami streets turned into raging rivers, and the city's airport is closed because of significant water damage.

Hurricane Irma, despite having weakened past its transit over Cuba, still has enough power to slam Florida's Gulf Coast with sheets of rain and surging winds.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home.

But when it came to the west coast of the peninsula, the storm was not as destructive as some had originally feared, Scott said.

"We get into your Tuesday, it's not even windy anymore", he said. Some 6.3 million people were instructed to evacuate in Florida alone, according to The Telegraph. Petersburg area had feared a first direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921, but the storm was downgraded to a Category 2 as it approached. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", it said. Irma is now over Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

All tropical storm watches have been dropped as of Tuesday morning, and most of the heavier rain in Alabama was located in the northwest part of the state.

After Jose is predicted to become a tropical storm, the hurricane center's cone of probability forecasts it will regain hurricane strength Thursday and loop away from the United States by early Sunday morning. About two thirds of the state were left without power, according to officials.

Andrew was the most destructive hurricane to ever hit the state.

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