As Irma's center passed close by, strong winds blew the ocean away from land, exposing the seabed, and then the water quickly rushed back in as winds changed direction and the storm moved north. Rains and storm surge also flooded coastal areas in Georgia and SC.
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. Some 6.3 million people were instructed to evacuate in Florida alone, according to The Telegraph.
"We have the largest restoration workforce in USA history responding to the worst storm in our company's history", Silagy said in a press release Monday. Massive flooding was reported in Jacksonville, and the extent of the damage in the vulnerable Keys was not known because numerous islands were inaccessible Monday.
In any case, forecasters said the shear environment will keep the hurricane relatively weak, with maximum expected winds of 80 miles per hour throughout the next few days.
Irma is now headed northwest, and will lose power along the way, headed to a death in the Ohio Valley or along the banks the MS, where it will cease being a tropical storm, Vallier-Talbot said.
On Monday, an aerial view of devastation - the splintered homes and wind-tossed boats - was only matched by the scene on the ground.
After wreaking a trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean, Irma had killed three people when it struck the southern Florida Keys island chain as a more powerful Category 4 on Sunday.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said damage to the fourth-largest USA state was not as bad as previously predicted, but some areas had suffered extensive destruction, including the Florida Keys. Residents heeded the warnings with one of the largest evacuations ever to occur in the United States. "This is probably a weeklong event". We were advised to purchase enough food and water in to keep us going through the weekend.