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Hurricane Irma's massive flooding and destruction in 25 photos

13 Setiembre 2017

At least 18 deaths in the U.S. have been blamed on the storm.

Corey Smith, a delivery driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said power was out on the island, there was very limited fuel and supermarkets were closed.

Jose's wind forecast, updated today by the National Hurricane Center, show tropical-storm level winds reaching near Florida and the coastal Carolinas by Friday.

Irma's maximum sustained wind speed of 185 mph made it the strongest storm that's ever existed in the Atlantic outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

"I have classes and I have work and stuff", said college student Alexandra Olson, who will be returning to Gainesville.

"We got a flight to Jacksonville and I've been trying to find people to pick me up", she said.

"Various consensus models are between these extremes in forecasting a turn toward the northwest and eventually north-northwest", the NHC reported.

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik tweeted several stunning photos of the storm as it traveled inland. Irma was once rated at Category 5 storm, the most powerful on record.

However, swells which are being generated by both Jose and Irma will continue to affect the East Coast as well as Northeast Caribbean Islands which will result in high surf and rip currents throughout this week.

Some regions of the Keys were impacted more than others and damage at Keys accommodations' facilities varies from no impacts, except for landscaping, to severe damage because of storm surge.

About 310,000 of Tampa Electric's 700,000 customers were estimated to have lost power in the wake of Irma, president and CEO Gordon Gillette told CNBC Monday. It was one of four hurricanes to hit the Sunshine State that year. It brought in additional crews from EMC in other states, with crews coming from as far as Illinois, Iowa, and Oklahoma. The county's emergency management director, Bryan Koon, is calling the storm a possible "humanitarian crisis".

While the Florida Keys took a direct hit, and while the rest of the state saw plenty of damage, Florida was shown some mercy with the winds somewhat diminished before landfall.

Hurricane Irma's massive flooding and destruction in 25 photos