Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to further weaken as it continues to move inland, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is cautioning citizens that the worst of the storm itself may be over, but the storm surge and flash floods still pose a deadly threat.
He added that millions of residents and businesses have lost power, and it could be days before officials can provide food and water to those struggling in the aftermath of the powerful storm.
"I’m heading down to the Keys now with the Coast Guard to assess the damage there with the storm surge," Scott said. "The storm is still in our state. We’re getting flooding in the Jacksonville area, so we’re getting rescue teams there on top of down to the southern part of our state.”
He said he spoke with President Trump and FEMA Director Brock Long, and they are doing everything they can to help those without food, water or electricity.
"Everyone is working to get assets here, get our power back on. I’m working to get fuel back into the state and get our ports open," Scott said. "So we’re working hard to get our state back to normal. But most importantly, we’ve got to save every life, and we've got to make sure people understand it’s still dangerous."
He pointed out that there are downed power lines and impassable roads throughout the state.
"So everybody’s got to be patient as we work through this," he said. "It's going to take some time. We've got to make sure it's safe."
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