And while locations in the right front quadrant of the storm such as Big Pine Key and Marathon were hit hard with a Category 4 storm, Irma
lost strength as it approached the mainland and swept up Florida.
However, Hurricane Irma
has downgraded to a Category 1 storm and has flooded several northern Florida cities with heavy rain and high storm surge on Monday as it headed out of the state after cutting power to millions and ripping roofs off houses.
Forecasters warned that after charting up Florida's west coast, a weakened Irma
could push into Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and beyond.
With the Federal Emergency Management Agency still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Irma
could test the agency's ability to handle two disasters at the same time.
But in 2011, Hurricane Irene pummelled the Caribbean and many cities on the East Coast, so that name was retired, to be replaced by Irma
Elsewhere holidaymakers and expats have told of their fights for survival - with one couple having to lie on top of their two scared young children to save them as Irma
tore through their home.
struck Camaguey Archipelago with 160 mph (260 kph) winds late on Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory.
Colette fears she will be kicked out of their hotel today, just as Irma
is due to hit the region.
intensifies into a Category 4 Hurricane as it heads toward NE Caribbean NNA - The newest hurricane that could threaten North America intensified Monday, though its future path remains uncertain.
LA quinta edicion del concurso Gran Hermano VIP ha devuelto alprimer plano de la actualidad a una de sus concursantes: la presentadora jienense Irma
Soriano, quien ya cuenta con muchos seguidores por su espontaneidad y caracter alegre.
Synopsis: When she wrote "It's My Life: My Struggle with Mental Illness", Irma
Desjardins-Kelly was a 69 year old woman, mother of 2 children, a faithful wife for the past 34 years and had lived all her life in Canada in the beautiful Maritime provinces on the Atlantic coast.
Shaw was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1915 but moved to London after the Second World War to marry her forces sweetheart Roger Shaw, whom she met when he was serving in the Army and she was working as a translator.