Irma death toll in US rises to 11

Water rises up to a sidewalk by the Miami river as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida. Carlos Barria Reuters

However, they warned its maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour (110 kph), with higher gusts.

Does Irma still pose a threat?

The huge storm system is dumping heavy rain on parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama - with MS and Tennessee to follow.

What are the state governments doing? Downed trees and debris littered the roads, he said, but the city did not experience any storm surge like it feared. In fact, a state of emergency was declared in Carolinas, Georgia as well as Alabama by President Trump last night due to heavy rains in the region. Many classrooms also were closed in Georgia, which was was under a tropical storm warning for much of Monday.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said on Monday that people had been killed in the Keys, which have almost 80,000 permanent residents, but she did not have a count on how many.

As the storm has battered power lines, millions of customers have been left without electricity.

Across Florida and nearby states, some 5.8 million homes and businesses were late on Tuesday estimated to be still without power, down from a peak of 7.4 million on Monday.

There is nearly no power, no water.

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How long will the recovery take?

Irma also spent the ninth-most days at hurricane strength since satellite observation of storms began in 1966, Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist with Colorado State University, wrote in a tweet.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott flew over the hard-hit but isolated Keys on Monday and said he saw a lot of flood damage and boats that had washed ashore.

"I say we didn't dodge a bullet, we dodged a cannonball", Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine told CNBC on Monday.

US Virgin Islands: Damage to infrastructure was said to be widespread, with four deaths confirmed.

"I had a friend that was in the Keys and said my property was fine - a couple of trees fallen down and everything, but everything looked good", Eddie Tejera said.

A woman sits atop a fire hydrant on a flooded street in Miami as Hurricane Irma hits Florida on September 10.

The destruction in the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma.

The storm made landfall in the continental U.S. on Sunday after ripping through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm late last week. The Marshall Plan was a US initiative to rebuild Western Europe at the conclusion of World War II, which saw Washington give over $12 billion to aid Europe's recovery.

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