Watch: ‘Monster’ Hurricane Irma Tears Through Florida, US

President Trump told reporters that the response to Hurricane Irma “has been going really well.”

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Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummelling with winds up to 130 mph Sunday, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions and toppling massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.

The 400-mile-wide (640-kilometer-wide) storm blew ashore in the mostly cleared-out Florida Keys, then slowly began trekking up the state's west coast, its punishing winds extending clear across to Miami and West Palm Beach on the Atlantic side.

Irma was expected to near the heavily populated Tampa-St Petersburg area by early Monday, though in a much-weakened state.

While it arrived in Florida a Category 4 hurricane, by nightfall it was down to a Category 2 with winds of 105 mph (177 kph). More than 1,60,000 people waited in shelters statewide during Irma's passage.

There were no immediate confirmed reports of any deaths in Florida in addition to the over 24 people killed during Irma's destructive trek across the Caribbean.

President Donald Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that the response to Hurricane Irma has "been going really well."

Trump returned home from Camp David on Sunday after cabinet meetings and briefings on the progress and preparation of the storm.

(With inputs from AP)

Video Editor: Ashutosh Bhardwaj

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