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Summary

  1. Nearly two-thirds of homes in Florida are without power
  2. Four storm-related deaths have been reported so far in Florida
  3. The weakening storm is crossing into Georgia
  4. At least 37 people were killed as Irma rolled across the Caribbean

Live Reporting

By Matthew Davis

All times stated are UK

Pausing our live coverage

We are pausing our live coverage of Hurricane Irma as the US authorities continue to assess the damage in Florida and beyond.

  • The number of deaths attributed to the storm has continued to rise, with at least four reported in Florida. Last week Irma killed at least 37 people in Caribbean islands
  • Some 6.5 million homes in Florida, two-thirds of the total, are still without power
  • Relief operations are under way and engineers are working to restore power, but many areas remain stranded
  • One of the worst hit areas was the Florida Keys archipelago - and Florida's governor said it would be some time before residents could all return home
  • Meanwhile, despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, Irma is still bringing considerable rainfall to the north of Florida and Georgia

Our full coverage of the storm continues at BBC.com/news.

'Don't go home - yet'

Officials in Florida are warning residents not to rush to get back to their properties. As well as the risk of long traffic jams, more than 6.5 million homes and businesses across the state are without power.

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Governor views Florida storm damage

Florida Governor Rick Scott's office has released pictures of the governor on a flight over the town of Naples on Florida's west coast, near to where Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday hours after hitting the Florida Keys.

Rick Scott
Office of Rick Scott

'Desperate for anything to eat'

"People here are hungry, tired and desperate for anything they can eat" - The BBC's Laura Bicker reports from a newly opened supermarket on the devastated Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Aerial video shows Orlando flooding

The giant storm has left a trail of massive power outages, downed trees and flooded homes.

Flash floods in parts of South Carolina

A flash flood emergency has been issued for Charleston, South Carolina, as Irma, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, continues to bring torrential rains and storm surges in parts of the US south-east.

A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Georgia and along South Carolina's coast, including Savannah and Charleston.

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National security adviser: Priority is on power outages, flooding

National Security Adviser Tom Bossert said at a news conference on Monday the federal government was focusing on emergency rescues, power outages and flooding in places like Jacksonville, where storm surge flooding has surpassed a record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.

"Jacksonville and the Keys are taking a considerable amount of our attention right now," Mr Bossert said.

"If you are able, take care of strangers and others in need," he added.

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Actress Kristen Bell performs 'Frozen' songs at Irma shelter

Actress Kristen Bell was in Orlando filming a movie and staying at a hotel at the Walt Disney resort when powerful Irma hit, according to the AP news agency.

She dropped by a middle school that was being used as a shelter to perform a few songs from the hit Disney movie.

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Survivors arrive in France and the Netherlands

About 400 survivors of Hurricane Irma have arrived in France and the Netherlands aboard military planes, AFP reports.

Some 278 survivors landed in Paris, while another 100 flew into Eindhoven which is in the south of the Netherlands, the news agency says.

Earlier, French officials said six out of 10 homes on St Martin, an island shared between France and the Netherlands, were now uninhabitable.

They said nine people had died and seven were missing in the French territories, while four are known to have died in Dutch Sint Maarten.

Crews work to restore power

The Florida Power and Light Company are working to restore power. They have posted a video of crews working on the state's east coast.

Earlier on Monday, Florida's State Emergency Response Team said six million homes - 62% of the entire state - were without power. But the Associated Press now reports that the number has risen to more than seven million.

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Watch: Americans pull together, says Trump

Earlier on Monday, US President Donald Trump pledged the "full resources" of the federal government to the Storm Irma recovery.Watch his comments in full:

President Donald Trump has pledged a full government response to Irma

Videos show Key West flooding

Mike Theiss, a photographer for National Geographic, has posted videos of the flooding in Key West, Florida.

The area was hit by Irma's extreme winds and storm surges.

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Cars crushed by Irma in Florida

Officials in Florida have advised against driving, but the strong winds brought by Storm Irma have taken that decision out of some people's hands.

Erica Rakow, a reporter for WPLG in south Florida, has shared images of cars that have been crushed by falling trees.

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Dolphin stranded

The BBC's Luis Fajardo is in Marco Island, just off the coast of south-west Florida, where a dolphin has become stranded due to Irma.

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Florida 'in lockdown'

Sunny Isles Beach, 15 miles (25km) north of Miami, is "in lockdown" and roads to it are "impassable right now", the city's mayor told the BBC.

But Budd Scholl said it could have been even worse.

The mayor of Sunny Isles Beach says Storm Irma was "ugly but could have been a lot worse".

Sections of highway 'washed away'

Mike Theiss, a photographer for National Geographic, has shared an image showing part of a highway in the Florida Keys that has been severely damaged by Irma.

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Virgin islanders 'desperately need food'

The BBC's Laura Bicker is on Tortula in the British Virgin Islands.

"People tell me they desperately need food and supplies," she tweeted.

Read more on the current situation there.

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The latest from Miami

The BBC's Jane O'Brien is in Miami and says the recovery from Irma is "under way in earnest".

Officials say 72% of the city is without power and confirmed a number of people have been arrested for looting overnight.

The BBC's Jane O'Brien is in Miami where the recovery from Storm Irma is under way.

Dutch tourists arrive home

The first flight of 100 evacuated Dutch tourists from Sint Maarten have arrived home to the Eindhoven military base.

Tourists pictured on the tarmac walking away from a plane
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A couple with bags are pictured leaving the military airport
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Powerless in Miami

The BBC's Ashley Semler is in Miami, where power lines have been downed by Irma.

In a news conference, Mayor Tomas Regalado said 72% of the city was without power.

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Endangered deer survive storm

Irma was seen as a major threat to Key deer - an endangered species living in the Florida Keys. CBS journalist David Sutta posted a video showing some had survived the hurricane and flooding on Big Pine Key.

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The smaller-than-average species, sometimes called "toy deer", have been part of a conservation effort since 1951, when only 25 were thought to be left.

Tempers flare as people are barred from returning home

Some residents in Miami Beach and the Florida Keys are angry as police prevent them from going home.

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The Miami Herald reports that the Miami Beach mayor has banned vehicles returning until Tuesday lunchtime, as roads are made cleared and made safe.

The City of Miami Tweeted: " For those who left #Miami to escape #Irma, Commissioner @FrancisSuarez says it's not safe to return yet and urges patience"

Trump: 'We are one country'

US President Donald Trump has promised a full government response to Irma.

Speaking at a ceremony at the Pentagon to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks, President Trump said: "These are storms of catastrophic severity and we are marshalling the full resources of the federal government to help our fellow Americans."

He added: "When Americans are in need, Americans pull together and we are one country."

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
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President Trump promised the government's "full resources" to help victims of Storm Irma

'We expected a Big Mac but got a kids' cheeseburger'

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Irma was less ferocious than many feared. Maj Richard Rand of the North Miami Beach police department puts it this way: Florida "expected a Big Mac, but got a kids' cheeseburger."

Emergency workers are working hard to repair the damage now that the worst has passed, he added.

"People want to come home, people want to get back to work, children want to get back to school."

Roadside flooding in Florida

The BBC's Luis Fajardo is travelling from Miami to Naples, which is in south-west Florida.

The damage from Irma is clear to see.

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Arrests over Miami looting

There have been 26 reported incidents of looting in Miami and police made 13 arrests, Miami Mayor Tomas Pedro Regalado said at a news conference.

"The city of Miami is in full mode of recovery," he said, adding emergency management teams were in the streets to assess the damage.

The main concern is opening up roads, where thousands of trees are down, Mr Regalado added.

Pope's words on climate change

More on the Pope's warning about climate change.

Speaking to reporters as he flew back to the Vatican from Colombia, he said: "If we don't go back we will go down. That is true. You can see the effects of climate change with your own eyes and scientists tell us clearly the way forward.

"All of us have a responsibility. All of us. Some small, some big. A moral responsibility, to accept opinions, or make decisions. I think it is not something to joke about."

Huge trees knocked across fences

The BBC's Ashley Semler is close to Miami's city centre.

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Future health concerns

Mosquitoes, carbon monoxide and chemicals are big post-Irma health concerns, The Washington Post says. They are difficulties Americans will be grappling with long after the flood waters of hurricanes Harvey and Irma have receded.

It says other, lesser known post-hurricane problems are chronic illnesses - from respiratory difficulties or infected wounds - and mental health issues affecting traumatised people.

'Get out now' - warning for Jacksonville

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officials have urged residents to "get out now" ahead of expected flooding.

An "extremely dangerous and life-threatening" flash flood emergency has been issued for Jacksonville with water levels expected to reach four to six feet above ground, according to the National Weather Service.

Jacksonville officials said residents should wave a white flag or t-shirt outside their home if in need of rescue.

The sheriff's office also said if residents couldn't evacuate they should move to a house with a second floor. "In the event of rising water, go UP not OUT," they tweeted.

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Flooding in Jacksonville, Florida

Paige Kelton is an investigative reporter for CBS 47 Fox 30

Catch-up

If you are just joining us, the authorities in the US are beginning to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma which, though now downgraded to a tropical storm, is continuing to bring heavy rain to central Florida.

A study by the US forecaster AccuWeather put the joint cost of Irma and Harvey (which hit Texas last month) at almost $290bn (£220bn). That's 1.5% of the country's annual GDP.

A huge relief operation is getting under way, and search and rescue teams are beginning to move through the worst affected areas. More than six million homes are without power in Florida as a result of damaging winds, storm surges or flooding.

Irma has killed at least 38 people and flattened thousands of homes across many Caribbean islands.

Power cuts for 62% of Florida

More than six million homes in Florida are currently without power, according to the latest update from the State Emergency Response Team.

That's 62% of the entire state.

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Pope warns over climate change

Pope Francis (left) talks to journalists during a press conference he held on board of his flight to Rome at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia
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Pope Francis has said the recent hurricanes should make people understand the need to address the threat of climate change. Speaking to reporters as he flew back to the Vatican from Colombia, the Pope said those who denied the science on global warming would be judged by history. He said humanity would "go down" if it did not change course on climate change, and everyone had a moral responsibility to do their part.

'Crime wave' hits St Martin

A crime wave has broken out on the Franco-Dutch Caribbean holiday island of St Martin, AFP reports, five days after it was devastated by Irma.

It quotes residents as saying that looting continues to take place in in Marigot, the main town on the French side of the island, despite reassurances over security given by France's Overseas Territories Minister Annick Girardin.

"But officials and people in the streets seem to have different definitions of 'security' and criticism of the state's response to the disaster is mounting on the island and in Paris," the news agency says.

"Police saw people trying to loot our store," one islander is quoted as saying. "Sometimes they're just 50m [54yds] away, but they don't do anything. They told me that people's security is the priority and that the rest is only material, that it's not important."

Irma 'still a dangerous threat'

The National Weather Service are warning people to remain alert to flooding and strong winds.

The say Storm Irma is "still a dangerous threat".

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Delta 'cancels 800 flights'

Delta Airlines has said it will cancel about 800 flights from its Atlanta hub on Monday because of Irma, Reuters reports.

"Hurricane Irma is expected to bring to the Atlanta hub strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft," the airline said.

Delta added that it was planning to restart flights to Florida.

Families get their first glance of damage caused by Irma
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Families in Fort Meade, Florida, have got their first look at the damage caused by Hurricane Irma