At 5 a.m. Monday Category 2 Jose was located a few hundred miles northeast of Grand Turk Island steadily moving toward the north northwest near 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in SC.
Life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds are the likely main threats in the coming hours all across Florida's west coast.
"We will have to rebuild part of our system, particularly in the western part of the state".
Paul Johnson and Shonda Brecheen spent Sunday night in a house they're remodeling in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville after working late on a remodeling project.
Hurricane Irma barreled up the coast of Florida Sunday. Forecasters also warned tornadoes could form in large portions of the state. The effect led to surreal scenes and even prompted a special warning from the National Weather Service to gawkers along the shore. "This is an extremely unsafe and life-threatening situation".
The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.
According to The New York Times, the storm has already left more than one million households in Florida without power.
Jones told reporters Sunday he believes more people evacuated Savannah and nearby communities for Irma than left ahead of Matthew past year.
Winds whipped and whistled through the high-rise buildings at over 100 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
More than 22,000 miles above the surface of Earth, a new weather satellite run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured high-resolution imagery of three unsafe hurricanes moving across the Atlantic Ocean over the past week.
The NHC also wrote: "The center of Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys at 9:10 am EDT". Both storm surge and inland flooding, which cause the majority of deaths in tropical cyclones, remain a risk over the Southeast states. There are widespread water and power outages, and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authorities issued a precautionary boil water notice. In the Caribbean, serious damage was recorded.
Buckhorn said areas along the Tampa Bay shoreline could expect a risky storm surge anywhere from 3 to 8 feet, adding that it would depend on where Irma went.