As of 8 a.m., Irma's winds are at 70 miles per hour as it passed over Tampa and continues to produce wind gusts to near hurricane-force as it pushes north across the state.
That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.
The National Hurricane Center's "cone of uncertainty"-the area in which a storm is predicted to wind up-currently shows Jose staying in the Atlantic basin through Saturday". More than 100,000 were in the dark in Georgia.
The hurricane center has discontinued all storm surge and tropical storm warnings.
Local media reported that more than 2 million people are out of power in the state of Florida, including three quarters of the Miami-Dade County located in southeast of Florida.
Recovery operations are beginning around Florida and beyond even as the weakening storm system continues to dump heavy rains around the South in states including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The storm was downgraded to a Category 1 as it passed through Florida's tourism capital, significantly diminished from when it entered the state on Sunday.
So when he ran into a blocked road in Kendall, Florida, he got out of his vehicle, brought out his ax and started chopping away at downed trees blocking the roadways, CBS Miami reports.
"How are we going to survive from here?" asked Gwen Bush, who waded through thigh-deep floodwaters outside her central Florida home to reach National Guard rescuers and get a ride to a shelter. It flooded streets and coastal areas, swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes.
"It's the worst storm I've ever seen", said South, the NOAA meteorologist.
People in Florida and the Bahamas have looked on in disbelief as the force of Hurricane Irma appeared to suck shorelines bare and expose sea beds.
Both television stations reported that Caldwell County officials had declared a State of Emergency because of the storm at 4 p.m. Monday.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands. On Monday morning the storm was north of Tampa, moving at about 18 miles per hour.
Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, killing at least 28 people.
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