Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Parts of Havana were inundated, and wind gusts of up to 130 miles per hour tore roofs off homes.
In Miami, the storm was announcing its soggy might with periods of heavy rain, electricity that wobbled in and out and gusts strong enough to make it hard to walk around.
Irma, which was expected to cause billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous USA state, it hit just days after the Houston area was deluged by unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 127cm of rain in parts of Texas.
The south to north scenario along a coastline that Irma seems to be taking has always been seen as the most problematic for Floridians because of the few places it leaves for residents to flee from the storm.
The National Weather Service has told TMZ that the surge of water in Miami has gotten as high as 6 feet in some parts.
Images and video from southern Florida that were posted on social media on September 10, showed evidence of Irma's power - trees lashing violently back and forth in the wind, boats smashed into ruined docks, water spouts and tornados forming on the horizon, and waves of water sweeping across roads. "We just cannot gamble on the wind".
Overnight, Irma was downgraded to a category 2 storm, but continued to wreak havoc along the west coast. Matthew was the last Category 5 in the Atlantic in 2016. Here's Florida's governor, Rick Scott. No one, and we mean no one, has more data on these storms than the National Hurricane Center, which is where News19 and other reputable TV & radio stations and digital media sites get their information on the storm's path. Officials warned of potential scattered power outages and minor localized flooding. "We know how miserable this place can be for one day without air conditioning, you go two, three, four days and it's not going to be very pleasant, so getting that power restored I think is going to be critical". The players began training in Wesley Chapel, Florida on Tuesday and many players arrived weeks ago before the official start of camp.