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Taylor and Gooding of Hollywood FL sit outside their trailer while riding out Hurricane Irma at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton

Taylor and Gooding of Hollywood FL sit outside their trailer while riding out Hurricane Irma at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton

"We are expecting, what is now Tropical Storm Irma, to make her northwest turn later [Tuesday] afternoon and on into tonight".

The death toll in the Caribbean rose to at least 38 after authorities in Cuba said at least 10 people had been killed there. "Right now, the timing looks like we'll start to see sustained winds as high as 25 to 30 miles per hour with wind gusts of 45 miles per hour right after 3 p.m".

Shelters are allowing people to leave but will stay open for people. By any measure, especially in the Lower Keys, it is a housing and humanitarian crisis that will go on for weeks.

Most of the deaths were from vehicle accidents, with three deaths directly blamed on Hurricane Irma's winds, according to CBS News. Storm surges also swamped some coastal areas in Georgia and SC. With one look at one Ramrod Key neighborhood, it's easy to understand why: Residents reported multiple tornado warnings when Hurricane Irma's eye passed overhead, leading to the destruction of homes throughout this area.

By Monday, Irma had weakened to a Category 1 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center, as it made its way up Florida's Gulf Coast toward the St. Petersburg-Tampa region.

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017. Katia killed at least two people in Mexico after it made landfall last week - right after a powerful natural disaster killed 64 others.

"We have tourists visitors from all over the world coming to the Florida Keys", he said.

Handfuls of holdout residents, having defied calls to evacuate, hunkered down as Irma tore over the Keys, ripping boats from their moorings, flattening palm trees and downing power lines across the island chain popular for fishing and scuba diving.

High winds snapped power lines and left nearly 6.5 million homes and businesses without power in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar. "We are trying to get fuel back into the state". That number includes workers from affected companies, mutual assistance crews from other utilities, contractors and other support personnel, he said.

Some of the Caribbean islands hit by Irma have been largely destroyed. By Sunday morning, streets were flooded and damage was already evident. It is the lack of electricity in Florida which has left millions of residents in a crippled state.