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Hurricane Irma Left Without Electricity More than 3.4 Million Buildings in Florida

11 September 2017

Before and after satellite images reveal the devastation Hurricane Irma left behind in its wake last week when it was a monster Category 5 storm that churned over several Caribbean islands.

Meteorologist and storm chaser Juston Drake exposed himself to the full brunt of Hurricane Irma's eyewall as he attempted to measure its wind speed. "I have lost everything", she said, on the edge of tears.

Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday after it tore a destructive path through the Caribbean and Florida, but warnings of deadly flooding, powerful winds and storm surges remain.

"This is a particularly unsafe situation", a National Weather Service alert warned. Even before Hurricane Irma landed in Naples, the National Hurricane Center - expecting more than a dozen inches of rain and a storm surge as high as 15 feet - issued a flash flood warning.

US President Donald Trump declared the entire territory of the state a disaster zone.

"Tomorrow we'll assess the damage and try to get the engineering part of it corrected", said Miami's Deputy building Director Maurice Pons.

The hurricane made USA landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island. Social media users are showing footage from Florida, US, where the powerful Irma storm ravaged through after pounding the Caribbean islands.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in Cuba but it caused significant damage, and enormous waves lashed the Malecon, Havana's emblematic seafront, with seawaters penetrating deep into the capital.

Hurricane Irma has knocked out power to at least 4.7 million customers, paralyzed tanker traffic and shut about 6,000 gasoline stations.

"Over the weekend, Irma claimed its first U.S. fatality - a man found dead in a pickup truck that had crashed into a tree in high winds in the town of Marathon, in the Florida Keys, local officials said".

Continued weakening was forecast and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma was expected to become a tropical storm over northern Florida or southern Georgia later in the day Monday. The center told people to 'MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!'

Irma smacked the Keys 57 years to the day after Hurricane Donna hit the same area in 1960, destroying almost 75 percent of the island chain's buildings.

Tornado watches disappeared for central and eastern portions of Florida.

Irma follows hot on the heels of Hurricane Harvey which devastated large swathes of Texas and Louisiana in late August.

Irma made two landfalls on Sunday: Over the Florida Keys and one on Marco Island, Fla.

Authorities warned that the floodwaters could linger for more than a day, and there was still-unknown damage to sugarcane and banana fields in central Cuba and to northern cays studded with resorts, potentially dealing a major blow to the country's vital tourism industry.

Hurricane Irma Left Without Electricity More than 3.4 Million Buildings in Florida