Police rescue woman, baby from floodwater during Hurricane Irma

  • Police rescue woman, baby from floodwater during Hurricane Irma

Police rescue woman, baby from floodwater during Hurricane Irma

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT) it would not issue any more advisories on Irma.

- One person was found dead in Orange County in a single-car accident linked to the storm, police said without providing details. And Irma, coming right on the heels of Harvey, will likely require billions in recovery and rebuilding aid.

The storm has been blamed for more than 40 deaths, including six in Florida. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses have lost power in the state, according to the Associated Press.

"It's enormously important that every American in the path of this storm take the warnings of state and local officials to heart", Pence said.

It submerged the highway that connects the isolated Florida Keys archipelago with the mainland and flooded streets between Miami office towers.

Homes destroyed: About a dozen homes were hit by trees and destroyed in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, according to an initial assessment by county officials.

Cuba's civil defence authorities said in a statement on Monday that the victims perished due to various causes such as accidents, collapsed buildings and not heeding orders to evacuate in the four provinces of Havana, Matanzas, Sancti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila.

"There he goes, "I'm out of here", a stunned cameraman - filming from inside his auto - says. I don't think we saw a lot of people going out of the shelters.

In Naples, Florida, the water on Vanderbilt Beach recessed significantly into the Gulf of Mexico. Mayor Bill Barnett said, despite the destruction, the city "dodged" the dire storm-surge predictions of 12 to 18 feet.

There are damage assessments, getting a look at where the hardest hit areas are.

Jacksonville, Florida, is about 400 miles from where Irma first made landfall, in the northeastern corner of the state.

The city of Jacksonville, population 880,000, in northeast Florida ordered urgent evacuations Monday as record floods were set to rise even higher with the afternoon's high tide.

"This is obviously not the worst case scenario for Florida overall", Maue said.

The storm affected communities miles inland from Jacksonville, as strong winds blew over part of a Chevron gas station in the city of Live Oak.