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The entire state of Georgia is now covered in rain from Irma

12 September 2017

Overnight, Irma was downgraded to a category 2 storm, but continued to wreak havoc along the west coast.

In its latest update at 03:00 GMT Monday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says "hurricane conditions are continuing across portions of the central Florida peninsula".

The storm has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and was moving northwest at a speed of 16 miles per hour.

Florida utility officials say more than 1 million customers have lost power as Hurricane Irma hits the state.

Hurricane force winds are expected to continue this morning across south Florida as Irma moves northward. See some examples below.

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Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on Sunday called the government response to Hurricane Irma "seamless" - and far better than during Hurricanes Andrew or Katrina.

"It's bad now. It's going to continue to get worse", National Weather Service meteorologist Angie Enyedi said at a morning briefing.

The sheriff's office, which is in the Tampa Bay-area, was responding to a Facebook event page created by two Florida men inviting people to shoot their guns into the storm. The Times reports that as many as 5.8 million people in the state are without power, and at least four people are reported dead.

The storm is now about 60 miles northwest of Gainesville, Florida and moving at about 17 mph toward the Chattahoochee Valley area.

Florida Governor Rick Scott expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased.

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Miami is a major hub for American, which had canceled almost 460 flights nationwide Friday, according to FlightAware . But she hasn't gotten much further than cots the Miami International Airport set up in the 4th floor auditorium.

Antonio Wilson stayed in his 16th-floor condo in Miami, watching the waters rise below.

"It's just about the biggest ever recorded that hit land, and unfortunately we got it". The storm, since making landfall, has weakened and likely did not blow the anticipated amount of water into the bay.

The Godzilla hurricane has killed at least 5 in Florida alone while 27 lives have already been claimed in the Caribbean.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from north of the Suwannee River to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line and from north of the Flagler/Volusia County line to the South Santee River.

While some coastal communities breathed a sigh of relief, people in Jacksonville faced flash flooding on Monday.

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The entire state of Georgia is now covered in rain from Irma