Hurricane Irma: Naples, Florida mayor says city "dodged" storm surge predictions

South Florida Waste Management District Saturday evening spaghetti model

South Florida Waste Management District Saturday evening spaghetti model

Miami International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, halted passenger flights through at least on Monday.

Winds gusts as high as 142 miles per hour were reported on the Florida peninsula in Naples.

Irma's storm surge inundated Jacksonville with record-setting floods, prompting the city government to issue a flash flood emergency on Monday.

Even though the company has deployed roughly 20,000 workers to help speed up restoration efforts, Silagy says that it will take days, if not weeks, for many residents to get back online. Florida also has the most golf courses of any state in the USA, with more than 1,250. Although downtown Fort Lauderdale was spared major damage, trees were uprooted throughout the area. The county's emergency management department tweeted that restoring power "is our top priority" but that roads have to be cleared in order to do that. All causeways leading to Miami Beach were closed by police.

Once the center of Irma moves north of these areas, the winds will reverse direction and be out of the west or southwest.

Coastal and south Georgia accounted for most of the outages at electric coops as well, according to Georgia EMC, with more than 208,000 affected customers.

Weber, who is the current CEO of Association of Mature American Citizens, said the damage could have been much worse in parts of Florida that were spared by Irma. The center told people to 'MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!'

A truck is seen on its side after being blown over as Hurricane Irma passed through on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. A Storm Surge warning has officially been instated from the South Santee River to Jupiter Inlet, North Miami Beach to the Ochlockonee River, the Florida Keys, and Tampa Bay.

Almost 6 million customers are now without electricity, comprising about 30 percent of Florida's total population, according to the 2016 U.S. Some 200,000 were housed in shelters during the storm, according to federal officials.

At least three deaths were reported in Florida in relation to the hurricane.

About a third of the state was without power Sunday evening - that's more than 3.4 million households. Officials predicted a storm surge in Northwest Florida of between 4 and 6 feet.

Five tornadoes were reported in Florida on Sunday, causing damage to several structures but there were no indications of anyone being seriously injured, the National Weather Service said.

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