Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Irma weakens to tropical storm over northern Florida

Irma weakens to tropical storm over northern Florida

"Each one of us has a cot, a single foot apart", Beyersdorf said on Monday afternoon. "I have been out and around the city today, and I have witnessed the heroes getting people out of their homes, and it is going to continue".

Florida Governor Rick Scott drove to Mobile to begin the first leg of assessing damage in Florida from Hurricane Irma. Authorities also struggled to clear the single highway connecting the string of islands to the mainland.

Irma became the second major hurricane to make landfall in the United States in a little more than two weeks when it roared ashore on Key Cudjoe as a powerful Category 4 storm on Sunday.

On Monday, Irma brought heavy rain and wind through the northern Florida city of Jacksonville as well as SC and Georgia. A day later, it had weakened to a tropical storm, but still brought risky storm surge flooding to Jacksonville. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said on Monday that people had been killed in the Keys, which are a popular tourist destination and have almost 80,000 permanent residents, but she did not have specific figures.

"It's disgusting, what we saw", Scott said. Over 350 people were rescued from the flooding, but no casualties were reported there. "No cell service in at least the lower and middle Keys", said Bill South of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "What's going to happen now?"

'I hope there aren't too many people in the path. About 6.2 million people- a third of whom live in Florida- are still without power.

Irma's hurricane-force winds can be felt up to 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm winds extend up to 220 miles.

"HELP IS ON THE WAY", they promised on Facebook.

Further north in Jacksonville, one of the cities worst hit by the storm, the city was still recovering from the flash-floods that engulfed the region on Monday leading to hundreds of emergency rescues.

The storm is also being blamed for the death of a 62-year-old man in rural southwest Georgia.

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Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday. North Carolina: More than 166,000 customers, according to Duke Energy South Carolina: 233,000 customers, according to Duke Energy and SCE&G.

Irma's rainy remnants, meanwhile, pushed through Alabama and MS after drenching Georgia.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St. It was one of four hurricanes to hit the Sunshine State that year.

Wind speeds have decreased to 100 miles per hour, which is just above the minimum speed for a Category 2 designation.

In Redington Shores west of Tampa, Carl Roberts spent a sleepless night riding out Irma in his 17th-floor beachfront condo.

- About 68,000 homes were without power late Tuesday morning after Tropical Storm Irma blew through overnight.

Rough surf churned up buy the approaching hurricane damage the docks at Whale harbour in the Florida Keys as winds and rain from the outer bands of Hurricane Irma arrive in Islamorada, Florida, Sep.

Some business owners this morning removed boards from their windows, preparing to reopen.

More than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in just outside Orlando as floodwaters started to pour in.

Ferguson reported from Jacksonville.

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