Irma leaves two thirds of Florida without power


Irma was at one point the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, with winds up to 185 miles per hour (298 kph).

VIDEO: INTENSE WIND, RAIN AS IRMA PASSED OVER NAPLESMany streets in Naples were blocked by fallen trees Monday, making them virtually impassable.

The first one was over the Florida Keys, which Irma hit as a Category 4 hurricane.

Irma is now a post-tropical cyclone, ragged and weakened after ravaging the Caribbean and tearing through Florida. According to USA Today, Jose is now a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. Winds have snapped power lines and 72 percent of homes there are without electricity, officials say. "There's devastation. I just hope everybody survived".

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Irma did not cause as much damage in Florida as some forecasters had feared.

TS Irma will exit Florida this afternoon, but not before bringing another day of bands of heavy rain, the risk of tornadoes, potentially damaging winds, and unsafe storm surge.

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Most traffic lights in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, were not functioning on Monday morning, and sand, blown from the county's beaches, covered the A1A highway.

After having claimed at least 27 lives in a host of Caribbean islands before hammering Florida, reports put the death toll in the State at five.

Hurricane Irma has regained strength as it begins pummeling Florida, threatening nearly the entire southeastern USA state after leaving a deadly path of destruction across the Caribbean islands. Early on Tuesday, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia. Florida's largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but was still battered.

Andrew was the most destructive hurricane to ever hit the state.

Miami escaped Irma's center but was still hammered by flooding and high winds. But right now in Florida, residents and officials are surveying the damage as evacuees make their way back to their homes and businesses.