Jacksonville begins to rebuild Tuesday after massive storm surge hit the city

Geoff Rutland a local volunteer from Crossing Jordan Church helps other residents get ice from a vending machine on September 10 in Tampa Florida where residents are fleeing the evacuation zones ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall

The system went on to slam the Gulf Coast and, as a downgraded tropical storm, continued to spread record flooding in northern Florida and parts of SC.

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.

There was no immediate word on how soon Florida would be able to restore normalcy with power supply having been knocked out to more than six million homes.

Speaking as he went on an aerial tour of the Keys to survey the damage early on Monday, he said: "Power lines are down throughout the state".

Jose has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is moving east at 6 miles per hour, according to the advisory.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida over the weekend, causing widespread damage, leaving millions of people without power. Tropical storm conditions are possible on the Treasure Coast throughout the day Monday with showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

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Both the GFS and the European models have taken Jose on a track that will lead him to the United States, a fairly popular hurricane hot spot this time of year.

Florida outages for Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of the state, increased to nearly 1.2 million, according to the company's website.

FPL said its two nuclear plants were safe.

Hurricane Irma is blasting up the west coast of Florida after buffeting the city of Miami, with risky flooding along long stretches of coast. FEMA officials estimated that 25 percent of homes were completely destroyed, while another 65 percent suffered serious damage. FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy.

"I say we didn't dodge a bullet, we dodged a cannonball", Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine told CNBC on Monday. The plant's other reactor, Unit 2, continued to operate at full power.

In terms of preparing for the storm, Shelley Rossiter of industry body Florida Citrus Mutual pointed to a resource on the University of Florida website that outlines how to prepare citrus groves ahead of such an event.

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