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"We are fortunate to have handsome trees, and a lot of those trees have toppled over and places are without power", Nelson said. Devastating flooding can also be observed in numerous videos.

He told reporters he hoped to travel to the state soon.

Right now the ferocious storm is drawing the ocean away from the coast and feeding the storm surge into other areas.

As the state of Florida braces for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, one Floridan is embracing an arrival of her own.

"Not only did we dodge a bullet, but we survived pretty well".

Rick Scott says he flew over the Keys and saw a lot of flood damage and boats that had washed ashore.

Massive cleanup: Mayor Bill Barnett says trees are down and streets are flooded, even though the storm surge wasn't as bad as officials feared.

Speaking as he went on an aerial tour of the Keys to survey the damage early on Monday, he said: "Power lines are down throughout the state".

Night-time curfews have been imposed in areas such as Miami, where 13 people were arrested on suspicion of looting.

Irma arrived on Marco Island - which measures about 24 square miles and is located in the southwestern part of Florida - Sunday afternoon with howling wind gusts measuring up to 130 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Bibb County Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said those sustained winds present a major challenge to his department's operation of equipment.

Speaking at a ceremony at the Pentagon to mark the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, president Donald Trump pledged the full resources of the federal government to help those affected by the recent flooding.

At the current time, Irma has been downgraded to a category three storm, but with as much as it has changed over the course of the last week, it could potentially upgrade back to a four or a five at any time. And we are one country. Authorities are still surveying damage from the record-breaking storm, and this story will be updated as more details emerge.

More than 6.2 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma barreled through the state, according the state's emergency management division.

A third storm, Katia, made landfall late Friday north of Tecolutla, Mexico, as a Category 1 hurricane but had weakened to a tropical depression by Saturday morning, the hurricane center said.

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