Hurricane Irma: See the storm's wind and rain blast Florida

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Tropical storm conditions are possible on the Treasure Coast throughout the day Monday with showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Major airports in Florida are still assessing the damage to their facilities after Hurricane Irma rolled through.

On Sunday, Irma made landfall in Florida with 210 km/h winds knocking out power to more than 2.5 million homes. Sixty percent of the island's 1,400 residents were left homeless.

The hurricane, one of the strongest storms ever recorded on the Atlantic, has already killed at least 24 people in the Caribbean islands, according to CNN, and at least four deaths have already been reported in Florida.

With about 3 million people, the Tampa Bay metropolitan area is the second-most populous in the state.

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansen reports.

Warnings of unsafe storm surges remained in effect through vast swathes of peninsular Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma in one of the biggest evacuations in USA history.

Authorities sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to help with search-and-rescue operations in Florida on Monday as a flyover of the hurricane-battered Keys yielded what the governor said were scenes of devastation. Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.

TRT World's Christine Pirovolakis has more on the destruction that Irma has wreaked.

As it traveled through the center of the state early on Monday, Irma brought gusts of up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph) and torrential rain to areas around Orlando, one of the most popular areas for tourism in Florida because of its cluster of theme parks, the National Weather Service said. Its ferocity as it bore down on hurricane-prone Florida prompted one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history. Flooding was reported along Interstate 4, which cuts across Florida's midsection. Even areas that did not face a direct hit from Irma saw flooding and downed power lines. Florida's economy represents about five percent of USA gross domestic product. "After damage assessment, we will determine if passenger flights will resume on Tuesday, September 12".

Tropical Storm Irma lashed Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday with steady rain and 50 miles per hour wind gusts after leaving millions in the state without power overnight, weather officials said. While the projected track showed Irma raking the state's Gulf Coast, forecasters warned that the entire Florida peninsula - including the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people - was in extreme danger from the monstrous storm, nearly 400 miles (640 kilometers) wide.

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