What to expect from Hurricane Irma

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Silagy called the outages "unprecedented" and of a "magnitude we just haven't seen before".

Florida was not alone.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday as it spun northward through Florida, but forecasters warned of hazardous storm surges and "some wind gusts to near hurricane force". "I've just started things off with my initial $250,000 contribution", he wrote in an essay published Saturday (September 9) on The Players' Tribune.

More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters.

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"We've never had that many outages", Silagy said. It will cost as much as an entry-level MacBook Air laptop. Mayor Tomás Regalado of Miami said a similar fraction of his city was dark, with roads left impassable and traffic lights not working.

Packing winds of 130 mph, Hurricane Irma blasted Florida over the weekend, first making landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm.

Meanwhile, search-and-rescue teams located in Orlando and other staging areas were waiting out the storm until it was safe enough to go out and assess the extent of the damage and injuries. On Friday, NextEra Energy Inc.'s Florida Power & Light utility was warning that 4.1 million of its customers could lose power. But there were no immediate plans underway to move people from the island chain.

Floods reached a record 5.03 feet in Jacksonville. The St. Johns River, which cuts through the city, overflowed its banks, flooding bridges and streets.

Flooded buildings, or those where crews found damaged and unsafe connections at their meters, may wait weeks to get power back because private electricians will have to do the work, FPL officials have warned. "You don't want to be in that path".

As of Monday morning, 6.2 million customers were without power in Florida, according to the state's Department of Emergency Management.

"The bad news is that this is some big monster", Trump told reporters at the White House, saying damage from the storm would be very costly.

Major streets remained underwater in cities from Miami to Jacksonville, with even more roads snarled by debris. In Miami Beach, a city of some 90,000 that was under an evacuation order, Mayor Philip Levine said there was a pervasive sense of relief.

After Hurricane Wilma knocked out power to millions of Floridians, FPL spent $3 billion over the past decade to bolster the power grid. The company took offline one of two reactors at a nuclear plant south of Miami. Donations are funneled to partner organizations including Dream Defenders, Central Florida Jobs for Justice and Make the Homeless Smile, to give them much needed resources.

Post-hurricane Miami got back to business with a puff of smoke. "And now there's no one to clean the trees up".

That was a familiar story: People who evacuated from Miami to Tampa.

Indeed, long-lasting impacts may provide impetus for introducing a category six of the Saffir-Simpson scale. Scott, the governor, said he had received "spotty reports".

The hurricane first struck Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday. Million-dollar yachts were half submerged in the bay. Once-idyllic parks looked like desolate war zones.

Ardy Montazer, 29, who was riding his scooter around the area, rode out the storm in his 35th floor condo.