Hurricane Irma kills 10 in Cuba, Castro calls for unity

The fifth fatality was reported in Orange County, which is near Orlando, after a auto crash that was deemed related to the hurricane.

"We've had places flooded that have never flooded before", she said.

On top of that, "there's no electricity throughout the Keys".

"Pray, pray for everybody in Florida", Governor Rick Scott said on Fox News Sunday.

"It's hard", Freeman said.

Tropical Storm Irma drowned the coastal city of Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday, causing record flooding and forcing residents to flee their homes.

Irma hit South Florida on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane with 225km/h winds, the strongest tropical storm to hit Florida since 2004.

Irma caused roughly 1.2 billion euros ($1.44 billion) of insured damage in the French portion of St. Martin and in St. Barts, according to French state-owned insurer CCR.

Roads and telecommunications systems were wrecked and recovery would take months, if not years, he said. "Houses are underwater, cars are floating through the streets, inhabitants are sitting in the dark in ruined houses and are cut off from the outside world". "We here at /r/Videos would like to remind anyone that this man is a highly trained professional and to not try this at home. Still have a lot of water though, and there are couple neighborhoods we can't even get into", Barnett told "CBS This Morning" Monday, as he was out assessing the damage.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.

In an interview with ABC News, Roman Gastesi, the administrator of Monroe County, which includes the Keys, said, "Unfortunately, you start to hear stories of folks that stayed in houses that shouldn't".

The monster storm, which arrived in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, has toppled at least three constructions cranes - two over downtown Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties as Irma barrels toward the state.

Pedestrians walk in a flooded street in Charleston on Monday, Sept. 11 during Tropical Storm Irma. It was plowing to the north-northwest at 17 miles per hour toward southwest Georgia.

The Government has repeatedly defended the speed of its response to the disaster, despite claims it was slow to react and has done too little to facilitate the evacuation of Britons trapped on some holiday islands.

And in Alabama, some city school districts including Birmingham, Huntsville and Auburn planned to close Monday and in some cases Tuesday.

Irma hit the Caribbean islands first, grazing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti before hitting Cuba at full force.

However, forecasters are warning that swells generated by Irma along the southeastern USA coast could still cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions". Irma scrambled transport in the major tourist hub, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and one of the largest evocations in US history.

At least 34 people were reported to have been killed in the region, including 10 in Cuba, whose northern coast was raked by the storm.

  • Leroy Wright