Irma now tropical storm, but still lashing FL, GA

Irma now tropical storm, but still lashing FL, GA

Irma now tropical storm, but still lashing FL, GA

In Florida, more than six million homes were left without power as the hurricane landed in Florida Keys, battering the islands with winds of 130mph.

Maximum sustained winds had decreased to 136.8kmh as of 2am local time, with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later yesterday.

If you aren't caught up, here's what happened on Sunday: When Irma was still a healthy Category 3 and 4-force hurricane in South Florida, its outer winds blew from the northeast into Tampa Bay, pushing the water out to the Gulf of Mexico.

In Georgia, more than 1 million customers - which includes households and businesses - were in the dark, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC.

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While there have been many Atlantic cyclone seasons with more major hurricanes than 2017, this is the first time on record that two category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the US. It flooded streets and coastal areas, swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, cast boats ashore, snapped power lines and toppled construction cranes. Joe Gagliostro, Michael's father, says a storm surge from the hurricane washed into their condo parking lot.

- One person was found dead in Orange County in a single-car accident linked to the storm, police said without providing details.

Now a tropical depression, Irma is still expected to bring torrential rainfall as far north as North Carolina.

- More than 17,000 customers have already lost power in Savannah, Georgia.

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10 people have been killed in Florida, Georgia and SC.

But that doesn't mean Floridians should try to go back home.

In Antigua and Barbuda, Arthur Nibbs, minister of Barbuda Affairs who was on Barbuda when Irma hit, said it was the worst storm he'd ever seen. In fact, a state of emergency was declared in Carolinas, Georgia as well as Alabama by President Trump last night due to heavy rains in the region. Governor Kay Ivey ordered certain state offices and buildings to close on Monday, while the state's emergency operations plan and National Guard had been activated since Saturday.

- At least 26 deaths have been blamed on Irma in the Caribbean islands, where it hit before barreling toward Florida. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

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Intense rainfall rates are leading to flash flooding and rapid rises on creeks, streams, and rivers, according to the hurricane center.

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