Irma weakens to tropical storm over Florida – New York News

Irma continued its march north on Monday, dumping rain across the width of Florida and lashing the state with powerful winds that downed power lines and left millions in the dark.

The National Hurricane Center said that Irma had weakened to a tropical storm but cautioned that it was still capable of throwing off wind gusts that were near hurricane force.

Losing some of its deadly strength but retaining its vast size, the storm stretched from Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Atlantic as it churned past Tampa. Officials in Tampa lifted the city’s curfew at 8 a.m. amid early assessments showing some debris, minimal flooding and no major damage.

Irma came ashore on the mainland as a Category 2 hurricane, flooded parts of downtown Miami and knocked over construction cranes there as winds exceeded 100 mph.

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  • As of 11 a.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving north-northwest about 70 miles east of Tallahassee.
  • Forecasters expect it to stay inland over Florida as it heads into Georgia, before moving on to Alabama and Tennessee.
  • At least four deaths were reported in Florida after the storm’s arrival on Sunday. It has left at least 27 people dead across the Caribbean.
  • The National Weather Service reported Monday that flooding from a storm surge in Jacksonville had exceeded a record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964.
  • As many as 5.8 million customers are without power across Florida. The full extent of the damage is not yet known.

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