The Latest on the Hurricane Irma that’s wreaking havoc in Florida (all times local):7 p.m.
Rick Scott says the number of fatalities in the state’s first-ever mandatory evacuation orders has risen to seven.
Scott says a total of about 7,200 people are in shelters or in transitional housing and that the death toll could rise significantly.
Scott calls the situation in Florida “absolutely heartbreaking,” and says it will be a “long, hard week” as rescuers and state officials work to help the people of the state.
Scott was on a trip to Florida when the storm struck, and he is still waiting to hear how many people were in shelters.
The storm brought winds of up to 165 mph, flooding and mudslides.
The Florida Department of Agriculture says about $9.6 billion in damage has been caused in the region, and the U.S. Geological Survey says nearly $3 billion in damages have been caused.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for all of Florida.