The city's Memorial Park has turned into an unrecognizable lake. "Everybody has got to be patient as we work through this". "Meaning they (come) on shore, pushing water up onto the beaches".
"It wasn't supposed to be like this", CNN correspondent Sara Sidner said from Daytona Beach. "This is when we are Tampa strong".
Residents and holidaymakers were ordered to stay indoors until the storm had passed, with many Brits left holed up in apartments or hotel rooms.
All flood watches and a tropical storm warnings have been suspended for the Treasure Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
US President Donald Trump has directed the full resources of the federal government to help Florida and other states hit by Hurricane Irma and has "great concern" about the storm as it batters the Florida coast, his vice president said on Sunday.
That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.
Large debris is blocking access, and a 150-foot stretch "has some buckling", Newman said.
Authorities plan to fly over the Keys on Monday, officials said.
With about 3 million people, the Tampa Bay metropolitan area is the second-most populous in the state. FEMA chief Brock Long said some places won't have electricity for weeks.
Maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and moving north-northwest at 17 miles per hour.
Of the total US deaths from injuries linked to Irma so far, at least six were in Florida and one was in Georgia.
Close to 600,000 homes and businesses were without power as of Sunday morning, according to utilities.
Massive 10ft (3.1m) storm surges overwhelmed roads and buildings, and cut off Florida Keys from the mainland. Both units at its Turkey Point facility, located about 30 miles south of Miami, were shut by early Monday.
Irma downgraded but troubles remain
A 10- to 15-foot storm surge that was predicted did not materialize; Murphy said the storm surge was between 3 and 4 feet. So there's concern that structures there might not be as strongly built as some of - more down in South Florida .
Irma lost its hurricane strength at 8:00 this morning and is now a tropical storm producing gusty winds and rain in Georgia, Alabama and SC. Millions of Floridians fled their homes over the past few days.
Shelters have been opened across the state for those who can not safely stay in their homes.
"If Tampa stays on the east side of the eye, we expect the storm surge to be worse than if the eye moves inland and the west side of the storm hits it", he said.
About 900,000 people live within Jacksonville's city limits ― making it the state's most populous ― and officials called for a voluntary evacuation from low-lying areas.
Powerful storm surges could also cause more devastating flooding across the state.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties as Irma barrels toward the state. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning. The greatest impact is expected to be in the mountains and near the SC border.
The unsettled weather continues into Thursday with the chance for scattered evening storms and it remains in the low 80s. Cooler temperatures will begin to arrive on Wednesday and we will see an increased chance of rain showers.
This is due, the center said, to an area of high pressure that will move around the hurricane over the next several days. Forecast models are having a hard time figuring out what the state of the atmosphere will be like beyond five days.
Irma is the second Category 5 storm, though now downgraded to Category 4, in the USA region in a fortnight after Hurricane Harvey. In the case of Irma, analysts are more anxious that devastation wrought by the storm could sharply reduce demand for energy.
The description of the event read: "Everyone takes their fans outside and points them at Hurricane Irma to blow it away from us". More than 6m people in Florida were urged to evacuate as Irma approached, though some chose to sit it out.
In a video posted on a Yemeni news portal in May this year, he said: "They are treating me well to the extent they are able". Gunmen posing as relatives of one of the residents at the home burst inside, killing 16 including four Indian nuns.
Louella was linked to a London-based Yoga and Dance outlet named House of Voga and was pictured on the brand's Instagram account. Police at the four-day music festival were alerted just before 1am on Monday amid concerns for Louella's welfare.
The second one, in Marco Island, was a Category 3 that left the island without water and power, authorities said. A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, some 200 miles from the sea.
Delta Airlines spokesperson Trebor Banstetter said that they are already investigating why that fare showed up on Expedia. He was told second-hand that many airline employees missed their shifts while tending to personal issues related to Irma.
It also bans joint ventures with North Korean entities, except for non-profit public utility infrastructure projects. Another source in China's Liaoning Province noted the North's oil price has risen higher than that of China.
Wales and the southwest will bear the brunt tomorrow before central and northern England move into the firing line on Tuesday. By Tuesday winds could hit 70mph as low pressure unleashes torrential rain as it swirls across the country.
Sheriff Mike Williams warned that the river ― which runs through the city ― could rise 6 feet above normal water levels. Water from the Trout River poured onto the streets and filled the parking lot of the nearby Trout River Fish Co.
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The widespread outages stretch from the Florida Keys all the way into central Florida . "The Keys I'm very concerned about". Nielsen had to shut down a national data center in Oldsmar, Fla., area in advance of Hurricane Irma hitting the area.
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North Korea for its part has shot back that it would inflict "the greatest pain and suffering" if new measures are passed. The original draft would have authorized states to use force to inspect vessels suspected of carrying North Korean cargo.