The system has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour while moving 17 miles per hour north-northwest over Georgia. Especially for the Keys, it's going to be a long road.
Almost 4,000,000 people were without power throughout the state and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), William Long, informed that some places will be without electricity for weeks.
At its peak, the National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.
"Currently, more than 3 million customers are without power across Florida, according to utility companies".
More than 6.5 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma moved through the state, according to the state's emergency management division. Meanwhile, heavy equipment crews have begun clearing away road and other debris in Florida as cleanup crews fan out with chain saws to remove downed trees and begin taking stock of the extent of the damage.
After leaving millions without power across the state of Florida, the storm's winds have felled trees and power lines across Georgia.
"We'll start seeing rain late Monday into Tuesday", Sikora said. "It means it hasn't gotten to us yet".
In the Caribbean, at least 24 were people were killed during Irma's destructive trek across exclusive islands known as the vacation playground for the rich.
"It's the worst storm I've ever seen", said South, the NOAA meteorologist. He believes southwest Florida is the most impacted but cautions that numbers may rise as "Irma hasn't left".
On the Atlantic coast off South Carolina, Hilton Head Island's 42,000 residents were under an evacuation order this morning.
And in Alabama, some city school districts including Birmingham, Huntsville and Auburn planned to close Monday and in some cases Tuesday.
Numerous hurricane warnings and watches are in effect, including the Tampa Bay region and all of south Florida.
"The hurricane winds lashed the shutters violently, throughout the night", he wrote in a text message, "making sleep impossible".
"There's devastation", Scott told a press conference following an aerial tour of the archipelago, which was the first part of the United States to be struck by Irma while it was still a Category Four hurricane.