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Irma Leaves Widespread Devastation, Flooding In Florida

12 September 2017

As she moved out of the area, she was downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

The hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on Monday, as it moved north of Tampa at 18 miles per hour with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, reported USA Today.

As the storm progressed through Florida overnight, many trees were uprooted and severe damage was caused to homes.

Irma Leaves Widespread Devastation, Flooding In Florida

When Irma was still a hurricane over Florida, it weakened and lost its very defined "eye" - but forecasters are still tracking the tropical storm by calculating where it's center of circulation is located. Irma had affected all 35 counties within the company's territory. The company generally tries to restore the largest power outages first, Jones said.

Brad Whitworth of Texas is riding the storm out in Tavernier, Florida, just south of Key Largo.

- 5.8 million customers are without power across Florida, state emergency officials said.

Irma's fearsome winds reach Florida shores
The island is home to about 72,000 people. "And I knew that the cable box was hit, the tree came down and the whole house shook". But by the time Irma arrived in the middle of the night Monday, its winds were down to 100 miles per hour (161 kph) or less.

"Our goal is don't put any more lives at risk", he said, adding that the current major threat is flooding in the northern part of the state.

After wreaking a trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean, Irma had killed three people when it struck the southern Florida Keys island chain as a more powerful Category 4 on Sunday. A storm surge of 3 feet was reported along the St. Johns River near the Interstate 295 Bridge. Officials told the local Jacksonville Patch outlet the "flooding event" could last more than a week.

Cities as far inland as Atlanta are under a tropical storm watch Monday and Tuesday. "I know for our entire state, especially the Keys, it's going to be a long road".

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Police in Lakeland, Florida, say a family with small children was rescued from a auto that was submerged in water as Hurricane Irma crossed the area. St. Martin was said to be 95 per cent destroyed as a result of the storm.

As of 2 a.m. EDT, the storm was centred about 25 miles (40 kilometres) northeast of Tampa and moving north-northwest near 15 mph (24 kph).

Irma pales in comparison compared to the utter devastation left behind by those two storms in the United States.

Millions disconnected from electricity in Florida, Georgia
Although the storm has weakened, it's still forecast to hit Georgia with gusts of wind, torrential rain, and possible flooding. Forecasters were reluctant late Monday afternoon to predict the storm's intensity or threat to the mainland beyond Saturday.

So, does that mean we can take the shutters down?

Irma Leaves Widespread Devastation, Flooding In Florida