Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Hurricane Irma making Florida landfall as deadly path shifts to Tampa

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Weakened into a tropical depression after strafing the Caribbean and Florida, Irma still had enough force when it swirled into Georgia to cause significant damage.

At 2 p.m.EDT Sunday, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 25.6 North, longitude 81.8 West. Irma is moving toward the north near 12 miles per hour, and a north-northwestward motion with a further increase in forward speed is expected later today, with that motion continuing through Monday. Earlier on Monday, a 66-year-old man in Worth County was trapped beneath debris when a shed collapsed while he was on the roof.

Meanwhile, north of Florida, states were also preparing for Irma's arrival. Luckily for Key West, Irma arrived at low tide.

Residents of Florida started to return to their homes on Tuesday after they had fled the destruction of Hurricane Irma as officials were slowly piecing together the scope of its vicious path across the peninsula.

By Sunday morning, the Tampa-St. Petersburg area early Monday, though in a much-weakened state.

This is the first time two Category 4 landfalls occurred in the continental United States in the same hurricane season. About 110,000 people remained in shelters statewide.

The storm killed at least 28 people as it raged through the Caribbean en route to Florida. In Cuba, the storm swamped Havana's iconic seawall, pushing water almost a third of a mile inland.

Over 2.7 million homes were without power Sunday as the storm's 100-plus miles per hour winds toppled power lines and sheared structures in the state.

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"For the next storm, I'll go somewhere on my own like a hotel or a friend's house", Sciarretta said. "I've not heard of catastrophic damage".

"We are finding some remains", she said in an interview with CNN.

Two people are reported dead in Georgia as a result of Tropical Storm Irma's heavy winds and rain. The county administrator, Roman Gastesi, said crews would begin house-to-house searches Monday morning to check on survivors. They've brought in emergency medical teams. Miami International Airport said Tuesday that limited airline and cargo flights had resumed.

As for the folks along the state's west coast awaiting Irma, "I'm very concerned".

The storm's westward tilt to Florida's Gulf Coast spared the densely populated Miami area the brunt of its wrath, but the state's biggest city was anything but unscathed. In Miami, a woman who went into labor and was guided through delivery by phone when authorities couldn't reach her because of high winds and street flooding.

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To the south, winds knocked a utility pole and power lines onto a sheriff's cruiser late Sunday in Polk County, illustrating the unsafe conditions for emergency personnel. Miami Beach barred outsiders from the island.

In an email to the Naples Daily News late last week, Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light, said the electric utility will work around the clock, as soon as it is safe for workers, to restore power.

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Seven million: The number of people that were ordered to evacuate. Any residents who remain, are encouraged to stay in shelters. "Small boats floating down the street next to furniture and refrigerators".

"The hurricane winds lashed the shutters violently, throughout the night", he wrote in a text message, "making sleep impossible". "Shingles are coming off". By midafternoon, it was advancing at about 12 miles per hour toward Florida's southwestern corner, which includes Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota.

"We have a garage, so we are going to buck the bottom of the garage and a couple of doors to make sure sand doesn't come in", he said. "And here we are".

The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark. The other two storms are Camille in 1969 and an unnamed storm in 1935. Miami-Dade County has asked people to stay put, even as Irma heads up the Gulf Coast.

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook.

Federal funding also is available to governments and non-profit organizations for emergencies in all 67 Florida counties.

Florida's governor activated all 7,000 members of the Florida National Guard, and 10,000 guardsmen from elsewhere were being deployed.

Irma touched ground in Cudjoe Key at 9:10 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported.

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But then Irma made a more pronounced westward shift - the result of what meteorologists said was an atmospheric tug-of-war between weather systems that nudged Irma and determined when it made its crucial right turn into Florida.

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