Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor

Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor

It's still way too early to know exactly where Jose will end up, but it wouldn't be a bad idea for the United States to get comfortable with another hurricane making landfall.

Hurricane Jose moved away from the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday, giving relief to the Caribbean archipelago battered by Hurricane Irma. By the time Irma hit the mainland it had weakened to a Category 2 hurricane which, while still destructive, was far less powerful than the storm that wreaked havoc across the Caribbean last week. Tropical storm conditions are possible on the Treasure Coast throughout the day Monday with showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Footage of the islands showed homes torn apart by sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour, which left the Keys without electricity, running water and cellphone service. Emera's Tampa Electric utility reported 300,000 homes and businesses lost power by Monday morning.

"I just hope everybody survived", he said.

Irma is now located about 30km from Lakeland, Florida, the NHC said, adding that hurricane and tropical storm warnings remain in the state. We've got downed power lines all across the state.

The most severe storm surge in Jacksonville hit the downtown, Riverside, San Marco and other neighborhoods as high tides filled in the St. Johns River, well after the storm passed through Florida.

But when it came to the west coast of the peninsula, the storm was not as destructive as some had originally feared, Scott said. Early on Tuesday, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia.

Cuban officials say at least 10 people were killed by the storm there. It's then expected to turn toward the southeast Tuesday night and Wednesday, creating what could be a situation where the storm circulates south of the Bahamas and around the Atlantic without much direction for several days. But Irma's impact has surpassed what officials expected.

The storm affected communities miles inland from Jacksonville, as strong winds blew over part of a Chevron gas station in the city of Live Oak.