Warnings of risky storm surges remained in effect through vast swaths of peninsular Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma in one of the biggest evacuations in U.S. history.
Irma's winds were down to 60 miles per hour.
The city and surrounding areas remained under a flash flood warning, he said.
"For those in the Lower Keys who may be listening", he told the Miami Harold, "you don't want to go outside even if the wind dies down because of the surge". Cloudy with showers and isolated thunderstorms. Higher gusts possible on the immediate coast. As you mentioned, the power outages have been severe.
Rivers throughout Jacksonville overflowed, damaging homes and businesses, as strong winds covered roads with debris.
Current sustained winds are 140km/h with gusts to 195km.h. Still a large hurricane, its tropical storm force winds extend out 415 miles (665 kilometers). An evacuation order is also in effect for the Georgia coast, while Alabama, North Carolina and SC have all declared states of emergency.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the South Santee River in SC southward to the Flagler/Volusia County line in Florida, from north of Anna Maria Island to the Ochlockonee River and Tampa Bay.
The US Hurricane Center sent out an urgent alert warning of a "life-threatening storm surge inundation of 10 to 15 feet above ground level".
Residual damage was found throughout the county, as well, with water ripping through a dock in Miami and an elementary school sign toppled over in Hialeah.
Levine said he was outside for a little bit and saw several trees down, but the worst was yet to come.
In the Upstate, rain from Irma should cease by Tuesday night, but there's always the potential that a front could hover back over the Upstate and drop more, Carroll said.