Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Millions of people are facing a long, difficult road to recovery after Irma’s week-long deadly rampage through the Caribbean and southeastern United States.

The storm killed at least 10 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, and another 38 across the Antilles islands. It had also left more than 15 million people in Florida and Georgia without power as of Tuesday morning.

Executing life-sustaining operations, restoring power and clearing debris are top priorities, said Brock Long, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “This is going to be a frustrating event,” Long said Tuesday during a news conference. “It’s going to take some time to allow people back in their homes, particularly in the Florida Keys.”

Jacksonville, Florida, was hit with an unprecedented storm surge Monday, knocking out traffic lights and closing down bridges and roadways. More than 350 people were rescued from the flooding, prompting local law enforcement to request residents take evacuations “more seriously” in the future.

In Fort Lauderdale, a layer of sand brought in by Irma covered streets more than a block or two off the beach on Tuesday. Police were blocking access to Barrier Island to everyone, except residents, local business owners and clean-up crews. The only open restaurant in the heart of the city Tuesday appeared to be a pizza shop.

Many Florida airports resumed operations on Tuesday, including Jacksonville International Airport and Tampa International Airport. There was also limited service to Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport. (AP)

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Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

A house slides into the Atlantic Ocean in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Gary Lloyd McCullough/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Water covers a residential street in Bonita Springs, Florida, U.S., on Sept. 12, 2017. Hurricane Irma smashed into Southern Florida as a Category 4 storm, driving a wall of water and violent winds ashore and marking the first time since 1964 the U.S. was hit by back-to-back major hurricanes. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

A stop sign stands above flood waters in Bonita Springs, Fla, on Sept. 12, 2017. Hurricane Irma smashed into Southern Florida as a Category 4 storm, driving a wall of water and violent winds ashore and marking the first time since 1964 the U.S. was hit by back-to-back major hurricanes. (Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Cherie Ethier sits in her mobile home with her pets surrounded by floodwater, in the Marco Naples RV Resort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in Naples, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Angelina Ventura, left, and Jose Gonzalez retrieve belongings from their flooded home in the wake of Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Overturned trailer homes are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 11, 2017 over the Florida Keys, Fla. (Photo: Matt McClain/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

A U.S. flag flies outside a flooded home in Bonita Springs, Fla., on Sept. 12, 2017. Hurricane Irma smashed into Southern Florida as a Category 4 storm, driving a wall of water and violent winds ashore and marking the first time since 1964 the U.S. was hit by back-to-back major hurricanes. (Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

A resident looks out the window of his truck as he navigates a flooded street in Bonita Springs, Fla., on Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Quintana and Liz Perez look out at the flooding outside their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Immokalee, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

A destroyed home stands in a heavily damaged rural community in rural Naples two days after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on Sept. 12, 2017 in Naples, Florida. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Tommy Nevitt carries Miranda Abbott, 6, through floodwater caused by Hurricane Irma on the west side of Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 11 2017. (Photo: Dede Smith/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

A mobile home community is flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Everglades City, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Jean Chatelier walks through a flooded street from Hurricane Irma to retrieve his uniform from his house to return to work today at a supermarket in Fort Myers, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017. Chatelier walked about a mile each way in knee-high water as a Publix supermarket was planning on reopening to the public today. “I want to go back to work. I want to help,” said Chatelier. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Lex Kools leaves food and water for his neighbors’ dogs in the Cole Bay community, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Martin, Sept. 12, 2017. Hundreds of people across an island shared by Dutch St. Martin and French St. Martin are trying to rebuild the lives they had before it was pummeled by a Category 5 storm. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Larry Dimas walks around his destroyed trailer, which he rents out to others, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Immokalee, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Lights are reflected beside a submerged water hydrant in floodwaters after Hurricane Irma in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Mark Makela/Reuters)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

People walk past damaged coastal houses after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Vilano Beach, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

John Duke tries to figure out how to salvage his flooded vehicle in the wake Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida

Property damage is seen at a mobile home park after passing of Hurricane Irma in Naples, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Reuters)