Irma claims two dozen lives in the United States

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Florida (CBS Newspath) -- At least 24 deaths are blamed on Irma in the U-S. 12 of those in Florida.

More than 5 million customers in the southeast are still without power.

Down in the Florida Keys, which were hit hardest, some residents are still not being allowed back in until conditions improve.

For those who are returning, the vast majority are finding damage and destruction at their homes and businesses.

Rescue and recovery efforts, aided by the Navy and one of its aircraft carriers, are underway in the Keys which were hit hardest by the storm.

It was a category 4 when it struck here.

Throughout the rest of the state, the cleanup is underway.

Power is still out to millions throughout the state and for some could take weeks before being restored.

Residents around one of those cranes in Miami the storm left dangling, had to be evacuated Tuesday night until crews could properly secure it.

The President and First Lady are scheduled to visit Florida and survey the damage Thursday.