HURRICANE Irma has continued to cause huge damage in Florida, snapping construction cranes, flooding homes and wiping out power supplies to millions of Americans.
The storm, described by US President Donald Trump as a “big monster”, killed at least three people in the state after making landfall on Sunday.
Hurricane Irma arrived in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane and fell to Category 1 as it approached Tampa with 85mph winds.
Forecasters warned Irma remained dangerous as it toppled power lines, tore up roofs and threatened coastal areas with storm surges as high as 15ft.
At least three cranes were knocked down by the winds, with one shown hanging above a half-constructed block.
In Miami, footage appeared to show high-rise blocks swaying in the wind as water poured down the ravaged streets.
More than 1.5 million people in South Florida have been left without power.
Waves poured over a city seawall, flooding streets waist-deep in places around Brickell Avenue, which runs from the waterfront through the financial district and past foreign consulates.
The city’s deputy fire chief, Joseph Zahralban, warned: “The weather has deteriorated to the point where we’re not comfortable even sending anybody out to even evaluate the situation.
“So our only concern right now is the protection of life, not property.”
Elsewhere, Naples was particularly badly hit with water levels rising 7ft in just 90 minutes and extensive flooding of a mobile home park in the beach town.
Images from across the sunshine state showed devastation with huge trees brought to the ground and a Bonita Springs petrol station reduced to a crumpled heap.
More than 4.4 million homes and businesses also lost power as the storm continued to ravage the state.
Around 6.5 million people, about a third of the state’s population, had been ordered to evacuate southern Florida. Residents fled to shelters, hotels or relatives in safer areas.
Irma comes just days after Hurricane Harvey dumped record-breaking rain in Texas, killing at least 60 people.
It caused unprecedented flooding and an estimated $180 billion in property damage.
President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Florida on Sunday, freeing up emergency federal aid in response to the disaster.
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