Aircraft carrier rushed to the Hurricane Irma-battered Keys

When your husband is a meteorologist and spending 'so much time with 'Irma'''

"Flooding is occurring across Florida with Hurricane Irma, " the National Weather Service tweeted.

So far, few images of the damage have popped up, as the storm takes its final breaths on Florida.

A weakened but still unsafe Hurricane Irma pushed inland Monday as it hammered Florida with winds and floodwaters that created hazards even for emergency personnel trying to help beleaguered residents. This is the longest any cyclone has maintained that intensity on record, according to Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University.

In a parting shot at Florida, Irma triggered severe flooding Monday in the state's northeast corner and heavy rains and storm surge also swamped parts of the coast of Georgia and SC, including some low-lying streets of historic Charleston.

Irma's eye is moving up the coast and earlier made landfall for a second time at Marco Island before heading towards Naples, one of America's wealthiest cities.

Bryan Koon, Florida's emergency management director, said late Sunday that authorities had only scattered information about damage.

Some 6.5 million people, about a third of the state's population, had been ordered to evacuate southern Florida.

The 400-mile-wide storm blew ashore in the mostly cleared- out Florida Keys, then began a slow trek up the state's west coast, its punishing winds extending clear across to Miami and West Palm Beach on the Atlantic side.

A more eastward track resulted in Hurricane Irma making landfall south of Tampa Bay.

Irma struck as a Category 4 but by late afternoon had weakened to a Category 2 with 110 miles per hour winds that whipped Florida's palm trees with drenching squalls.

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People in the heavily populated Tampa-St.

It's time to tack on another day since Tampa Bay's last direct hit from a major hurricane, another day to breathe a sigh of relief.

The governor said on Monday that Jacksonville experienced 3 to 5 feet of surge, plus one foot of rainfall, which is causing "record and historical flooding along St. Johns River". Many classrooms also were closed in Georgia, which was was under a tropical storm warning for much of Monday.

Almost 4.5 million homes and businesses across Florida lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.

One death in Florida, of a man killed in an auto accident during the storm, has been blamed on Irma and another death in south Georgia.

Cranes also threatened the city's high rises, with two collapsing in Miami and another in Fort Lauderdale due to the high winds, reports the Miami Herald.

As the sun rose in Orlando, many tried to survey the damage, but authorities warned that conditions remain unsafe and asked people not to venture outside because of a curfew.

- A storm surge warning wraps around the state, from Brevard County to Tampa Bay. "Stay safe, be prepared, listen to local evacuation advisories".

"I just hope everybody survived", he said.

The storm has weakened to a tropical storm with 70 miles per hour winds, according to the 8 a.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center. We've got roads that are impassible still across the state. "All of the pictures and videos of Floridians out in the storm do not surprise me at all".

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