The storm, which hit the lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning before traveling up the state's southwestern coast, has left 6.7 million Floridians without power and driven roughly 200,000 people to shelters across the state.
In the islands of the Florida Keys, the local emergency manager has warned of a looming "humanitarian crisis". Irma could eventually leave millions of homes in the state without electricity, experts said.
Jim Gandy, Meteorologist Efren Afante, and Meteorologist Daniel Bonds are all tracking the storm, and will have regular updates online, on our Facebook page, and on TV. Areas to the east of the eye of the storm were hit the hardest. At least three people in the state were killed by the storm.
"The Keys I'm very concerned about, the Marco Islands area, we have a lot of concerns about that", Scott said on Fox News. "It's awful, what we saw".
- Two tornadoes touched down in Brevard County, Florida, destroying mobile homes in their path, officials said. In other parts of the island chain, the closure of USA 1, a major artery that connects the islands with the mainland, was a prime concern.
"We're not saying get in your auto and go", Merrill said.
On Sunday afternoon, Florida Power and Light reported that almost 75 percent of customers were without power in Miami-Dade County.
Over 2.7 million homes were without power Sunday as the storm's 100-plus miles per hour winds toppled power lines and sheared structures in the state.
Flying objects such as coconuts turned into unsafe projectiles. The first crane collapsed near 30th Terrace and Bsicayne Boulevard.
Clearing roads: Roads are the main concern, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, as thousands of trees are down. Authorities said it could take up to six months to rebuild the island's power grid.
In other parts of the state as of Sunday night, like Tampa, residents had yet to see the worst that Irma could offer.
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.
"The vast majority of Alabamians are only going to be affected by thunderstorm-like wind and rain conditions with some possible flash flooding", Ivey said. There were 166,598 customers without power across the state of Georgia, according to Georgia Power.
Irma packed quite the punch in Polk County and in Orlando. They say they will only go on calls if a supervisor allows them because conditions are too risky. "All the beauty kind of got sucked out of the city". Most of the outages are in Savannah, Ga., and the surrounding areas. And it could be a week until it's restored, Barnett said. At 8:00 a.m. Monday, Irma was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. The majority of the damage in Tampa consisted of downed trees. Flood levels along the river in downtown Jacksonville had already surpassed previous highs recorded in 1864. Sea World also said all of its animals are safe.