Hurricane Irma began its onslaught of southern Florida yesterday, leaving streets deserted and at least one million homes and businesses without power, in what could end up being the most expensive storm in United States history.
"It's going to be horrible," Florida Governor Rick Scott said of Irma on NBC television yesterday morning.
A total of 6.3 million people, or about a third of the state's population, have been told to evacuate. Over 2,000 flights in and out of Florida were cancelled on Saturday.
The damage could top US$120 billion (S$162 billion) in Florida, with other economic losses pushing the bill to as high as US$200 billion.
At least 25 people have been killed in the Caribbean since Irma began its sweep last week before hitting Cuba's Camaguey Archipelago on Saturday.