Millions of Floridians are cleaning up the damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma as a Navy aircraft carrier arrives in the Keys, where up to 10,000 people may need to be evacuated.
USS Abraham Lincoln reached the Florida Keys on Monday and its helicopters are flying over the region to survey the damage.
The Navy has also dispatched two amphibious assault ships, the USS Iwo Jima and the USS New York, to help with recovery efforts.
Despite leaving a trail of devastation through Florida, Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical storm and is dumping rains across the South in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee on Tuesday.
Rebuilding efforts in Florida could be hampered by temperatures of up to 90F in the coming days. This will be compounded by the fact that there is no air conditioning, as some 12.5million people in the southeast have been left without power.
The powerful hurricane made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a category 4 storm and then made its way up the Gulf Coast – swamping downtown Miami with storm surge and blowing the roofs off #homes.
As of Tuesday morning, officials in the upper Keys were allowing residents and business owners to return and assess damage.
So far, the storm is believed to have caused at least 11 deaths in the US – including two in the Florida Keys, which was under mandatory evacuation during the storm. A 51-year-old Florida man was electrocuted by a downed power line on Monday, while another man – Wilfredo Hernandez – was accidentally killed by a chainsaw in Hillsborough as he helped cut tree branches.
Three people were also killed in Georgia and one in South Carolina on Monday.