Irma leaves two thirds of Florida without power

Despite meteorologists' predictions that Irma would be one of the most catastrophic hurricanes ever to make landfall in Florida, some Sunshine State residents are still going about their normal routines. While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane while it moves near or along the west coast of Florida.

The city appeared to avoid a direct hit from the hurricane, which has claimed three lives in the USA so far, but heavy rain and flooding is still a major threat. He believes southwest Florida is the most impacted but cautions that numbers may rise as "Irma hasn't left".

The hurricane killed at least 25 people earlier on its path across the Caribbean.

Florida's largest city, Miami, was spared the brunt of the storm but was still battered. About 5,000 of the Keys' 30,000 permanent residents stayed to ride out the storm, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said. He says the fact that the storm approached the Tampa region from over land and from the south could slightly reduce the expected storm surge, although he says it will still be risky.

President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser says Irma is still a risky storm despite being downgraded to a tropical depression. Two cranes have collapsed in high winds in the city.

Hurricane Irma making Florida landfall as deadly path shifts to Tampa

In the Upstate, rain from Irma should cease by Tuesday night, but there's always the potential that a front could hover back over the Upstate and drop more, Carroll said.

In Jacksonville, record-breaking flooding from Irma's storm surge continues to affect the city.

Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator (FEMA) said Friday that Irma will "devastate" Southeastern United States.

"The most recent trajectory models have it impacting more of Georgia than the original projections that were designed, we thought, only to hit the coastal areas of our state", he said.

The fourth victim of the storm was a man in Monroe County who lost control of his vehicle, which was carrying a generator, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said, as cited by ABC news.

  • Leroy Wright