Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida

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The final scheduled flight from Tallahassee International Airport left Sunday evening ahead of Hurricane Irma, which is ripping its way up the state of Florida.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics said the entire Florida peninsula will be raked by Irma's right front quadrant - the part of a hurricane that usually brings the strongest winds, storm surge, rain and tornadoes.

Forecasters said metro Atlanta could expect peak winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and gusts up to 55 miles per hour (90 kph) on Monday as a result of Irma's remnants.

A Key Largo restaurant and bar called Snappers - where Weir had interviewed people on Thursday as the storm was still days away - is now "completely gone", Weir said.

Trump has spoken regularly to Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, both Republicans, and spoke on Sunday with U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat, the White House said. "It's terrible, what we saw". He said nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes.

In response to the increasing threat posed in more northern parts of the state, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded his emergency declaration to include 65 more counties.

"We're also identifying chaplains on the East Coast who have volunteered for Harvey, to redirect them to Irma, because we've had such an overwhelming response from our chaplains", said Jack Munday, global director of the Rapid Response Team.

More than 1.3 million of its customers were already without power, said Florida Power & Light (FPL), the state's biggest utility. At 1 pm EDT, almost 1.6 million were without power while about 200,000 had electricity restored mostly by automated devices, FPL said.

Statewide, an estimated 13 million people, or two-thirds of Florida's population, remained without power. Debris and live electrified wires litter the road, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez told the Miami Herald.

Miami, meanwhile, was lashed with winds approaching 100 miles per hour, causing two crane collapses in the city.

One woman in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood delivered her own baby, with medical personnel coaching her on the phone because emergency responders were not able to reach her, the city of Miami said on Twitter.

Originally from Cañon City, Padron has been living in Miami for more than a decade. The storm made its first landfall in the Florida Keys this morning as a powerful Category 4.

By Sunday morning, weather monitoring equipment at airports across South Florida, including Miami, were offline, underscoring the damage Irma is doing to airport infrastructure. About 2,000 customers there are still without power.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says the damage in Tampa is not as bad as he was anticipating.

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