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Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Irma flooded several northern Florida cities with heavy rain and high storm surge on Monday as it headed out of the state after cutting power to millions and ripping roofs off homes.
Hurricane Irma | In Photos

In Photos: Irma carves deadly path of destruction


Staff Writers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 2:29 - Some 6.7 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in U.S. history.

The total number of customers, representing about 13 million people, dipped from a peak of more than 7.4 million customers late on Monday. But some people in the hardest hit areas of Florida may have to wait weeks before they get power back.

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. It gradually weakened as it headed through the state, becoming a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday. 

Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record before it arrived in the United States, killed 43 people in its rampage through the Caribbean and at least 11 in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Below is a look at some of the devastating impacts so far.

Storm damage is seen from the air after hurricane Irma passed Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, September 11, 2017. Picture taken September 11, 2017. Captain George Eatwell RM/Ministry of Defence handout via REUTERS

British Army Commandos take part in recovery efforts after hurricane Irma passed Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, September 11, 2017. Picture taken September 11, 2017. Captain George Eatwell RM/Ministry of Defence handout via REUTERS

Damage is seen to the marina in St. Marys after Hurricane Irma passed through in St Marys, Georgia, U.S., September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Residents sit on their front porch watching water reside after Hurricane Irma in Everglades City, Florida, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

People push a flooded car off a street following Hurricane Irma in North Miami, Florida, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Flood water from Hurricane Irma surround a damaged mobile home in Bonita Springs, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

Flamingos stand on straw bedding in a secure room after the flock at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was herded to safety due to the approach of Hurricane Irma in Tampa, Florida, U.S. September 10, 2017. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay/Handout via REUTERS

The crumbled canopy of a gas station damaged by Hurricane Irma is seen in Bonita Springs, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

A partially submerged car is seen at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A gas station damaged by Hurricane Irma is seen in North Redington Beach, Florida, U.S. September 11, 2017. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS.

An uprooted tree is seen at a condo community in wake of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Gregg Newton.

A tree sits atop two cars in wake of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Gregg Newton.

Departing passengers form a long queue to check in at Orlando International Airport ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall, in Florida, U.S. September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Gregg Newton

Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon ahead of the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Workers stand near an electricity pole that was knocked down by heavy winds, ahead of the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Below: Caribbean Tour Helicopter Pilots Assess Damage Across the British and US Virgin Islands

View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Carribean September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. Netherlands Ministry of Defence- Gerben van Es/Handout via REUTERS

Boats lie on the street in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

People walk on a street covered in debris in Nagua. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas.

Men stand in the rain in Nagua. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

A woman walks through a flooded path as Hurricane Irma moves off from the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, in Nagua, Dominican Republic September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

People look at what is left of their home in Nagua. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

A man walks among debris in Nagua. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas.

A man packs a bag with clothes he recovered from his damaged home in Nagua. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas













Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma makes landfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Men cover the windows of a car parts store in San Juan, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A woman crosses the street in the rain as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Hurricane Irma, a record Category 5 storm, is seen in this NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center image from GOES-16 satellite taken on September 5, 2017. Courtesy NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/Handout via REUTERS

WATCH BELOW: Southeast U.S. should pay extra attention to forecast models over the next several days. Here's what we're seeing as of Wednesday (Sept. 5)

The American Red Cross is opening shelters, sending supplies and putting volunteers in place around Florida. You can donate online or text "IRMA" to 90999 to chip in $10. If you want to volunteer, read this.

Check back for updates as the storm's impact widens.

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