Hurricane Irma's massive flooding and destruction in 25 photos

Irma was the strongest Atlantic storm to ever exist outside of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico with 185 miles per hour sustained winds.

States are obligated in most cases to pay a "match" for federal disaster aid, generally about 10 percent of the amount the federal government is paying in the immediate aftermath. The winds have managed to pull down quite a few power polls too.

US President Donald Trump, who is personally reviewing the preparations and rescue and relief operations, spoke today morning.

"The bad news is that this is some big monster", he said, adding: "Right now, we are anxious about lives, not cost".

"My concern right now is people - hopefully everyone has evacuated". "We're not too anxious about it".

As well as decreasing winds, the hurricane avoided taking possibly the most destructive path along the Florida Peninsula, including Miami and the Atlantic seaboard.

Popular Amma Kitchen announced to serve free food to those coming from Florida like several other Hindu temples. That includes Hilton Head Island, the most populous of the islands with about 40,000 residents.

Pay attention when watches or warnings are issued for your area
Pay attention when watches or warnings are issued for your area

More than 6.2 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma barreled through the state, according the state's emergency management division. It could remain a risky storm throughout that time. "What's going to happen now?"

In South Carolina, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for eight barrier islands.

A tropical storm watch for Georgia was upgraded to a tropical storm warning on Sunday, with meteorologists projecting the state would see the worst of Irma from Monday morning until Tuesday morning.

The good news is Hurricane Irma is weakening. That will create the threat of flash flooding, with river flooding in some areas throughout the week.

A HOUSE-TO-HOUSE search began yesterday after the strongest Atlantic storm in history led to at least 40 deaths in the United States and the Caribbean.

FPL made a decision to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

  • Leroy Wright