Nearly 6.5 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast - utilities

Irma 10,000 may need evacuation from Florida Keys

With Irma packing tropical storm winds more than 200 miles (320 kilometers) from its center Sunday, threats of punishing wind and heavy rain extended far from the expected path of its eyewall.

State government offices will be closed both Monday and Tuesday to all employees expect essential emergency personnel.

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, hit a wide swath of Florida over the past day, first making landfall on the Florida Keys archipelago and then coming ashore south of Naples and heading up the west coast.

Scott said some may be breathing in relief that worst part of the storm has passed the South Florida area, but he said it is still a risky situation, with power lines down and debris everywhere.

- A storm surge warning is discontinued for the Florida Keys and some parts of the Florida coast. A 10- to 15-foot storm surge that was predicted did not materialize; Murphy said the storm surge was between 3 and 4 feet.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the South Santee River in SC southward to the Flagler/Volusia County line in Florida, from north of Anna Maria Island to the Ochlockonee River and Tampa Bay.

"We have a dog and there were not that many shelters that accepted dogs", the woman said.

A tropical storm warning extends from central Georgia into northern Georgia and northwestern Alabama, including the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Huntsville, Alabama.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses have lost power, according to the Associated Press.

A sheriff in Florida has warned locals not to shoot at Hurricane Irma, after a spoof Facebook event created by a 22-year-old went viral.

Police in Miami-Dade County said they had made 29 arrests for looting and burglary.

Jones added that once the wind direction shifts, the water will quickly return.

Media reports say a man was killed on Saturday in the Keys when his truck crashed into a tree as the outer bands of the storm arrived.

Hurricane Irma has battered the Florida Keys, destroying roadways and isolating residents who didn't evacuate the string of islands, prompting one county's emergency management director to call the situation a possible "humanitarian crisis".

- Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. "You can't survive these storm surges", he said.

Irma could send 50 to 60 miles per hour wind gusts and floods to Atlanta on Monday night, ABC reported.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for some barrier islands.

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