Irma tunnels through Florida; 3.5m homes under blackout

Sep 11, 2017, 6:43 AM EDT
Satellite Beach, Florida as Hurricane Irma Approaches
(Source: Michael Seeley/flickr)

Densely populated areas of central Florida took a severe pounding on Monday as Hurricane Irma, although weakened to Category 1, tunneled through streets with powerful winds and dangerous flooding along the coastline.

More than 4.4 million homes and businesses in Florida are left without power while threats of storm surges loom high, notes the BBC. Ripped off roofs, toppled cranes and deluged swathes of land were the trails left by the storm.

Flight operation has been disrupted at Miami International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, writes Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump has give nod to a major disaster declaration and emergency federal aid as the state battles “some big monster.”