Trump to visit Florida Thursday after Hurricane Irma

Irma in Naples Florida Sept. 9 2017

Irma in Naples Florida Sept. 9 2017

A crew from WCIV-TV in Charleston spotted the water spout as the region dealt with flooding and severe winds from Irma. Forecasters said significant river flooding was likely over the next five days in Florida and southern Georgia.

Irma is expected to sap demand for fuel for a time, Goldman Sachs analysts said in a note on Monday, but they cautioned that supply could remain strained due to refining capacity offline in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas two weeks ago.

As Hurricane Irma plowed through Florida early Monday, a hurricane watch remained in effect for parts of the SC coast even as the monster storm was downgraded to a Category 1.

After the storm formed, it intensified quickly.

Overnight, Irma was downgraded to a category 2 storm, but continued to wreak havoc along the west coast. Where the storm will go from there is hard to predict, but some models suggest it will regain some strength as it moves west-northwest toward the USA beginning Thursday. Monday offered a mixed forecast for Miami-Dade County - gusts of winds of up to 50 miles per hour in the early morning hours, with a sunny upper 80s temperature day predicted and the possibility of showers and thunderstorms.

The figure represents nearly 60% of the state's electricity users, who were still experiencing power outage as of 9 p.m. EDT Monday, according to the state's Division of Emergency Management.

The U.S. Defense Department said it may need to help evacuate about 10,000 people stranded in the Florida Keys by Hurricane Irma. A spokesperson for Florida Power & Light, the state's biggest utility, said recovery from the storm would require a "wholesale rebuild" of the electrical grid.

That's not all. Officials are still cleaning up roads and bridges, and major flood-hit areas like Jacksonville. After the water receded, Timmer began surveying the damage. "Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted", FEMA administrator Brock Long said. By one metric, this single storm packed an entire season's worth of destructive power.

The storm killed at least 28 people as it raged westward through the Caribbean on the way to Florida, devastating several small islands, and grazing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti before pummelling parts of Cuba's north coast with 11m waves.