The storm "seriously" damaged the center of the island with winds up to 256 kilometers (159 miles) per hour, according to Cuban state media. Millions of people are without power, and there is the threat of potentially deadly storm surge.
In Jacksonville, at the far northeast corner of Florida, Irma set a new coastal flood record, beating the one set during 1964's Hurricane Dora. The Times reports that as many as 5.8 million people in the state are without power, and at least four people are reported dead.
The National Hurricane Center also said the 11 p.m. update would be the last public advisory for Irma.
For those wanting to get back to the Sunshine State, all airports remain closed as of this entry and power is out to over half the state.
FPL says this is the biggest outage in the company's history, so it could take weeks.
Witt expects the recovery from Irma to take years but he is not moving back to NY, unless Hurricane Jose decides to pay them a visit as well.
Irma's second Florida landfall on Marco Island leaving damage and, gratitude.
The National Guard has positioned soldiers and equipment in Greensboro, Charlotte and Asheville to support storm response activities such as cleanup, shelter operations and supply delivery, if necessary, Cooper said. We don't expect Irma to linger over the area for several days.
BOTTOM LINE: What About South Carolina?
On the Atlantic coast off South Carolina, Hilton Head Island's 42,000 residents were under an evacuation order this morning. Another man was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength, officials said.
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