Irma - which devastated Caribbean Islands last week as the most powerful recorded storm in the open Atlantic - made landfall in Florida over the weekend considerably weaker than it was expected to be.
Now a tropical storm with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km per hour), Irma was located about 35 miles (56 km) west of Gainesville and headed up the Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said at 8 am ET (1200 GMT).
Hurricane Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, weakened to a Category 1 storm yesterday but remained unsafe as it continued its furious climb up Florida's south-west coast.
"We've experienced so many hurricanes, I think we can wait it out", Cabanzon said.
The storm also decimated several Caribbean islands, destroying homes, leaving widespread flooding and leaving at least 38 people dead.
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"Everything we're seeing is that this storm is going to bring really high winds", Jones said.
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C'est une opération coup de poing inédite par la forme mais ô combien sérieuse sur le fond qui va se dérouler ce lundi. Désormais, même les forces de police et de secours s'inquiètent de se retrouver elles-mêmes coincées dans un bouchon.
It was expected to strengthen before hitting Florida. Forecasters, though, maintain that unsafe conditions still may be present on the east coastline - including some storm surge and heavy rain bands. It's going to be tough for us to get in to perform search and rescue in South Florida.
With sustained winds of 75 mph and its center 60 miles north of Tampa, Irma is moving across the northern half of Florida's peninsula.
As the governor stood surrounded by members of the Florida National Guard, he warned that millions in Florida were already experiencing the tropical storm winds, tornadoes are possible in South Florida Saturday night and in Central Florida on Sunday, and 15 inches of rain will deluge most of the state.
Residents should make basic preparations to go without power or water for 72 hours, local city and county governments say.
The hurricane warning along the Florida coasts are now a tropical storm warning.
Officials and forecasters reiterated Saturday that large storm surges along Florida's west coast could cause major flooding.
Tropical storm winds were expected in Savannah as well, prompting authorities Sunday afternoon to close the towering Talmadge Memorial Bridge that spans the Savannah River between Georgia and SC.
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