Hurricane Irma power outages in South Florida, Keys


In Ramrod Key, just east of where Irma first made landfall Sunday morning, it is miles of destruction, CBS News' Elaine Quijano reports. How many people in the dangerously exposed, low-lying islands defied evacuation orders and stayed behind was unclear.

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. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning.

At least 24 people were killed when Irma passed through the Caribbean.

Nibbs said roofs were torn away, trees were toppled, government buildings were destroyed, and cell towers were snapped in half, leaving the small island of about 1,600 people without any form of communication. That's more than the population of NY and Los Angeles combined.

Officials warned it could take weeks for electricity to be restored to everyone. "This is why we ask people to leave".

She said as the remnants of the storm hit the great lakes, the low pressure system it left behind could be picked up by the westerlies, and end up in New England. "What's going to happen now?" "I just hope everybody survived".

The governor said it was way too early to put a dollar estimate on the damage.

A man was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live power line in Winter Park near Orlando, an official said.

The city of Jacksonville, in Florida's northeast, was recovering from heavy flooding.

Yes. While all storm surge warnings and tropical storm warnings were discontinued on Monday night, the WPC has warned that a risk of flash flooding remains, with isolated rainfall of up to 5 inches predicted for parts of SC and North Carolina.

The surge video was what son Michael captures when he stepped outside their fourth-floor condo on Marco Island.

Crews planned to go from house to house in the Keys in search for residents who need help.

"It's terrible, what we saw", Scott said.

A resort island chain that stretches from the tip of the state into the Gulf of Mexico, the Keys are connected by a bridges and causeways along a narrow route of 160km.

Utility officials said they have almost 20,000 workers helping with the restoration effort. The core was located at 2 p.m. EDT Monday about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southeast of Albany, Georgia.