Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Florida Keys Damage By Hurricane Irma Detailed In First Pictures And Videos

Florida Keys Damage By Hurricane Irma Detailed In First Pictures And Videos

President Donald Trump received a "comprehensive update" Sunday on Hurricane Irma after the storm hit the Florida Keys, the White House said, and Vice President Mike Pence urged those in the storm's path to "heed the warnings" of local officials.

As the storm has battered power lines, millions of customers have been left without electricity.

Insured property losses in Florida from Irma were expected to run from $US20 billion to $US40 billion, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated.

Another hurricane, Jose, has been weakening over the western Atlantic, with swells due to affect parts of Hispaniola (the island split into Haiti and the Dominican Republic), the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, later this week.

Florida Power and Light said on its website that more than half of those outages were in the Miami-Dade area, where about 600,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. Ten people died on Cuba, where Irma hit the northern coast as a Category 5 storm.

We're in the middle of the most active part of what's been a busy hurricane season so far.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key east of Key West at 9:10 a.m., and the second landfall took place at 3:35 p.m. on Marco Island, south of Naples.

Seven deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia and two in SC.

At 03:00 GMT on Saturday, Irma had maximum sustained winds of 257km/h (160mph), according to the National Hurricane Center in the US.

However, he said, "We got super, super lucky".

Flooding in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami, Florida on September 10, 2017. The Associated Press reports about 4.5 million homes and business lost power over the weekend, and another 100,000 were without power in Georgia.

Some communities have lost power, and communication is becoming increasingly hard with towns in more remote areas.

Hurricane warnings in north and central Florida were downgraded to tropical storm warnings.

The Tampa skyline is seen in the background as local residents (L-R) Rony Ordonez, Jean Dejesus, and Henry Gallego take photographs after walking into Hillsborough Bay ahead of Hurricane Irma in Tampa, Florida on September 10, 2017.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport were closed on Monday.

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