Dolphins & tourists evacuated as Cuba braces for hurricanes Irma & Jose

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Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast Sunday as a Category 4 storm, with high winds, torrential rains, and devastating flooding. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

The projected path of Hurricane Irma has shifted west to Southwest Florida and may hit Tampa, which is more vulnerable to storm surge than any other US metropolitan area.

"If you're in an evacuation zone, you should be very cautious, you should get out now", Governor Rick Scott told CNN.

In Florida, Credit Suisse estimated that damage from the storm could cost $125 billion, CNBC reported, while other analysts estimated the losses as high as $300 billion. The storm damaged about 95% of the buildings on the island, said Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

Its ferocity as it bore down on hurricane-prone Florida prompted one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.

Major flooding is also expected in portions of central and southern Florida, including the Florida Keys.

- In Venice, Florida, the water plant was shut down after it was damaged by the storm.

However, it continues to weaken and is expected to become a tropical depression by Tuesday morning.

"It's not too late to get off the Keys!" the agency said.

In Cuba officials reported "significant damage" in parts of the island's center without providing further details, but said there were not yet casualties.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told an investor conference in NY that the storm would ultimately boost the economy by sparking rebuilding.

"What we feared the most was the surge", he said today on MSNBC.

The NHC is monitoring another hurricane, Jose, which was spinning in the Atlantic about 1130km west of Florida.

The big question people now have is, "What will Irma do next?"

A man died in Worth County, Georgia, on Monday while repairing the roof of a shed during sustained winds of 42 miles per hour (67 kph) with gusts up to 70 miles per hour (112 kph), a National Weather Service report said. That's 64 percent of the state's power customers, and there are several counties where 80-90 percent of customers are without power.

The National Hurricane Center's forecast cone as of 5 a.m. showed Jose weakening to a tropical storm as it continues to head out to sea, then circling back by Wednesday as it regains hurricane strength. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November.

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