"Since much of Florida's gasoline delivery occurs via barge, all eyes will remain on port conditions as the storm passes", said Jeanette Casselano, a spokesperson for AAA, adding that power outages, impassable roads and debris are hindering efforts to refuel Florida stations.
A Hurricane Warning has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as for the Florida Keys and Florida Bay.
The monster storm measured more than 400 miles (640 kilometers) wide, and its winds of up to 130 mph (210 kph) sucked the ocean water out of bays, swamped much of downtown Miami and toppled at least three constructions cranes - two over downtown Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale.
Irma struck as a Category 4 but by late afternoon had weakened to a Category 2 with 110 miles per hour winds that whipped Florida's palm trees with drenching squalls.
Because of the storm's magnitude, the entire state of Florida is being severely affected by damaging winds and torrential rains. At least 35 people were reported killed earlier when Irma devastated several Caribbean islands.
On Monday, Irma brought heavy rain and wind through the northern Florida city of Jacksonville as well as SC and Georgia.
Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the danger is not over yet. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
"We're all alright", he said.
It'll take more time for others, including Key West, Naples and Jacksonville dealing with wind, surge and river flooding.
"Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through".
Water level rises, flooding Charleston Harbour after Hurricane Irma moved through Charleston, South Carolina. One stretch of the bay was six feet below normal tide. The damage from the storm damaged not just people's homes and businesses, but also knocked out communication services to rescue crews.
"Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and south-western Georgia Monday afternoon".
Drake said he believed that the winds Irma brought were the worst he had ever experienced, worse than even the ones that Hurricane Harvey brought last month to Texas.
A Facebook post by Monroe County Emergency Services, the agency covering the Florida Keys, said, "We've had trees down (everywhere), roads blocked from one end of this county to the other, vehicle crashes, people hit by limbs, a large barn fire, water shortages, communications failures and even two rocket scientists who decided today would be a GREAT day to kayak down the Ocmulgee River".
Flooding, roof damage and floating appliances and furniture were reported in the low-lying Keys, but with the storm still hitting around midday, the full extent of Irma's wrath was not clear.
Corey Smith, a UPS driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said Tuesday that power was out on the island, there was very limited gas and supermarkets were closed.