Authorities are letting residents and business owners to return to Upper Keys islands close to the mainland, but people from the Lower Keys face a longer wait.
He strongly encouraged people to evacuate the area for nearly a week before the storm arrived and said Tuesday that had the storm surge happened during the storm there would have been no way for first responders to help. Early on Tuesday, the remnants of Irma were blowing through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia.
He also tweeted images from several mobile park homes in the Keys, showing homes that were overturned and destroyed by the storm.
There was no immediate word on how soon Florida would be able to restore normalcy with power supply having been knocked out to more than six million homes.
Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction in Naples, Florida after the powerful storm churned up the state's west coast Sunday.
And they tweeted some advice for them: "We hope the 356 people who had their lives saved yesterday will take evacuation orders seriously in the future". On Monday morning, almost 60 percent of the state woke up without power and saw Irma had flooded the streets, toppled trees and left tons of debris. Governor Scott is surveying the damage from the air Tuesday. The most extensive damage was likely in the Naples area, but a full assessment was ongoing.
A weakened but still unsafe Irma pushed this morning as it hammered Florida with winds that created hazards for rescuers and flooding that set a record in one city. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.
The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed in, officials said. "We feel the building swaying all the time", he said by phone to Reuters, relaying his view from the 35th floor of his apartment tower.