In addition, the entire stretch of coast from Venice around the Florida peninsula to Sebastian Inlet is under a storm surge warning, which means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water.
- Irma continues to weaken as it moves over northern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said. Mayor Bill Barnett said, despite the destruction, the city "dodged" the dire storm-surge predictions of 12 to 18 feet. It ranked behind only Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and a 1940 hurricane.
First, they start by repairing any damage to power plants and the power lines that carry electricity from plants to the local substations.
In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster counted his state's blessings, even as he mourned the four deaths there from the storm. More than 1.5 million customers were without power Monday night in Georgia.
"There's no need to put yourself or your family or first responders at risk", he said. The boat has been repainted continually since Hurricane Hugo stranded it along the roadside in 1989.
Meteorologist Greg Porter explained in The Washington Post that "a complicated high-altitude environment over the Atlantic Ocean" has kept Jose hanging around in the Atlantic. "This too shall pass".
"It's hard to really know what's going on deep down inside the bowels of a storm", he said, and whether that drop in pressure is causing the inner or outer winds of the storm to intensify. The governor said the route also needs to be cleared of debris and sand, but should be usable fairly quickly. A hurricane watch remained in effect for Antigua.
Some residents went out to find Irma had stolen the water away from the beach. "Very little is passable", Darby said, noting the town suspended emergency operations Monday afternoon. Late Sunday morning, it was all officers on duty. How many people in the dangerously exposed, low-lying islands defied evacuation orders and stayed behind was unclear.
BOTTOM LINE: What About South Carolina?
"It can happen anywhere". City officials said it would have taken about two weeks to move the massive equipment.
As of noon Monday, 25 shelters were housing almost 900 evacuees. It was expected to hug the west coast of Florida through Monday morning.
"We're delighted they're here".
"Right now, we are anxious about lives, not cost", Trump said after returning from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland where he monitored the storm and met with his Cabinet.
"We're still just kind of putting it back together and BAM, it came again and destroyed it", Spalding said.