Hurricane Irma in numbers: All the records the storm has blown away

AP | APA car is parked on a flooded road as Hurricane Irma passes Sunday Sept. 10 2017 in Surfside Fla

About 6.5 million homes in Florida, two-thirds of the total, are without power after Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the state, officials say. But as for the "good news", he pointed to the storm surge.

At least 25 people have been killed since Irma clobbered the Caribbean late last week.

"I just hope everyone survived", Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said on Monday after completing a flyover of the islands.

In flood-prone Miami, the largest United States city in Irma's path, cleaning crews began clearing branches, debris and fallen street signs from downtown and the Brickell financial district at dawn on Monday.

Authorities across the state warned of downed power lines, raw sewage in floodwaters and - being Florida - displaced wildlife like snakes and alligators.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Mayor John Tecklenburg said that the city had been hit with a four-foot storm surge, leaving parts of the peninsula looking as if they had merged with the Ashley River.

Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in SC.

President Donald Trump has released emergency federal aid for Florida, describing the hurricane as a "big monster".

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, was about 60 miles (100 km) north of Tampa, Florida, carrying maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour), the center said in a 5 a.m. ET (0900 GMT) advisory. Officials on the tiny two-island nation said it will seek worldwide assistance.

Hurricane Irma in numbers: All the records the storm has blown away

Both the French and Dutch governments have been criticized for delaying their emergency response, and especially over the handling of looting on Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin, the latter an island with both French and Dutch sectors.

Outages across the state will likely top 4.1 million customers since other utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp, Southern Co and Emera Inc, will also suffer outages but have not yet estimated how many.

The westward shift prompted Pinellas County, home to St. Petersburg, to order 260,000 people to leave, while Georgia scaled back evacuation orders for some coastal residents. Cuba is often hit by hurricanes that strike the Caribbean. The storm brought several tornadoes, which leveled homes in the eastern city of Palm Bay.

Hurricane Andrew smashed into suburban Miami in 1992 with winds topping 165 miles per hour (265 kph), damaging or blowing apart over 125,000 homes.

First Harvey, then Irma and now.

"I'm going with the Coast Guard down to see the Keys, I've heard that there is some significant damage in the Keys right where the eye of the storm hit". Weather forecasters believe Jose could still pose a threat to the continental US.

Irma is said to be one of the strongest hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic basin, and is now moving through Georgia as a tropical storm. Winds of up to 295 kph (180 mph) destroyed 30 percent the island's properties.

Before reaching the United States Irma tore through a string of Caribbean islands, going from tiny Barbuda on Wednesday to the tropical paradises of Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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