Residents return to Florida Keys as Irma death toll rises

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Deal's Sunday morning statement expanded his earlier state of emergency declaration to cover the entire state and specified that the "state government will be closed Monday and Tuesday for all employees except essential personnel".

At 5 a.m. ET (0900 GMT), Irma was carrying maximum sustained winds of near 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour) the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm made its second landfall at Marco Island at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, before heading north to Naples across the bay. Tropical-storm-force winds extend almost 415 miles from the center.

In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 miles per hour, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics.

Drone footage shows Hurricane Irma damage in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.

Hurricane Irma is so strong that it is pulling water away from coastlines, an unusual phenomenon taking place in certain areas of Florida's west coast.

More than 9,200 Mecklenburg County residents are without power Tuesday morning after a night of gusty winds and heavy rain as what was left of Hurricane Irma moved through the region.

Irma is expected to drop 2 to 5 inches of rain across SC and northern portions of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. With this northerly track, we'll still likely see some impacts here in Mid-Missouri.

But when it came to the west coast of the peninsula, the storm was not as destructive as some had originally feared, Scott said.

A high wind watch was issued for parts of the Midlands, however according to the National Weather Service in Columbia, this should be treated as a tropical storm watch. Now those winds are reaching into Broward, toppling trees and power lines.

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said. Don't trust them. Any serious weather scientist knows that the longer out you try to forecast (6, 7, 8 days) the less reliable that forecast becomes.

"What we really fear more than anything is that storm surge", Buckhorn told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Sunday.

Florida Power and Light, the state's major electricity provider, deployed almost 17,000 workers ahead of the storm to assist with restoration. The restoration to some areas is expected to take weeks, he said.

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