The National Weather Service in Jacksonville says storm surge flooding exceeds the record set in 1965 during Hurricane Dora.
Damage assessments had been slow to trickle out of the Keys, as communication and roads were largely cut off after the storm struck early Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane packing 130 miles per hour winds.
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Tropical Storm Irma, once a hurricane, is churning its way away from the Tampa Bay region.
- Storm surge warnings in Florida, Georgia and SC mean "there is a danger of life-threatening inundation", the hurricane center said.
SILAGY: People could be out of power for weeks, particularly if there's structural damage.
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In Miami-Dade County, where roads flooded and debris flew, around three-quarters of residents (820,000 out of 1.1 million) are without power as of Monday.
Everybody FPL has available is "already being deployed" and the company is trying to secure more workers from out of state to help, Silagy said, including some crews who were assisting in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. It gradually weakened as it headed through the state, becoming a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday. Heavy rainfall is also expected in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Kentucky, while overloaded rivers are likely to continue flooding across much of Florida, as well as in Georgia and eastern Alabama.
Irma made a second landfall as a Category 3 storm at Marco Island, a city and barrier island off Florida's southwest coast, on Sunday afternoon. Another man was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength, officials said.
State government offices as well as some schools in Georgia will be closed both Monday and Tuesday.
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