>> This is the scene at downtown Jacksonville Monday at Tropical Storm Irma pushes north through Florida. Downgraded from a hurricane, the massive storm churning past Tampa and Orlando Sunday night. The test in many places now turning to rescue and damage assessment. Reuters correspondent Andy Sullivan in Florida City Be at the southern tip of the peninsula.
>> Miami appears to have avoided the worst of the storm, but the Florida Keys evidently have been hit hard. I'm here at the final police checkpoint before the islands. Authorities are not letting anyone through at this point except for essential personnel. Those who can help restore power and water service to the region.
That's leading to growing tensions and frustration, residents are starting to shout at police, accusing them of playing favorites and warning that they will be less likely to evacuate the next time a hurricane threatens the islands My house is 20 miles from here. I talked to the sheriff. Lives across the street, everything is fine.
There is just a bunch of bologna.>> Close to 200,000 people were housed in shelters during the storms. 5.8 million homes and businesses are without electricity. Some 6.5 million people, about a third of the state's population, were ordered to evacuate before Irma hit. The storm ranked one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic.
It killed at least 28 people as it moved over the Caribbean. At least one US fatality reported on Sunday after a man was found dead in a pickup truck that crashed into a tree in high winds in the Florida keys.