Irma weakens to tropical storm -NHC

Frederick Owens
September 12, 2017

Strong winds and flash flooding remain a threat as it heads north toward Georgia over the next 24-hours.

Irma weakened early Monday to a tropical storm as it continued on a northward path through Florida.

Northern Florida peninsula and southern Georgia: additional 3 to 6 inches with storm total amounts of 8 to 15 inches. Many areas have been inundated and trees have been uprooted. Irma hit them as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds near 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane Irma has officially made landfall in Florida, and one of the major side-effects of its presence is the "whiteout conditions" it's created. The ocean storm had been the strongest kind of hurricane - a Category 5 - as it moved through the Caribbean area last week. Its center hit portions of the Keys on Sunday but missed Miami and Naples, then skirted Tampa as the storm slowed. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.

But after the accident, Mayor Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said the city should consider stricter codes for cranes, even if it came at the expense of building projects.

The storm made landfall in the USA on Cudjoe Key, in Monroe County, just after 9 am on Sunday with all of southern Florida feeling the effects of the storm creeping toward the shore.

"We're going to Florida very soon", said the president alongside first lady Melania Trump outside the White House on Sunday.

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Miami dodged a bullet by and large. "I don't have any numbers on fatalities at this point". There is no way of getting in there at the moment while the authorities assess the damage.

Full restoration of power could take weeks in many areas, FPL said, due to expected damage to the company's system.

He pointed out that there are downed power lines and impassable roads throughout the state. About 6.4 million people were told to flee.

The storm "significantly damaged" the Cost-U-Less store in St. Maarten and it's not clear how long it will be closed, CEO Edward Kennedy said in a media release.

Irma is expected to drop 2 to 5 inches of rain across SC and northern portions of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. It affected all 35 counties in the utility's territory which is most of the state's Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast south of Tampa.

However, Irma is expected to fizzle out over land while Hurricane Jose will make a loop before moving west again.

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