Irma Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Shorelines drained in eerie effect of Hurricane Irma

Florida's cities and towns are recovering Monday from Hurricane Irma, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm after battering the state in a widespread path of destruction over the weekend. During that storm, "I lived the experience of feeling that I was inside a blender", she said. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in SC.

On Saturday evening, Florida Gov. Rick Scott told residents, "If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now", according to the New York Times. It made landfall as a Category 3-Category 4 storm at the Florida Keys at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Statewide, an estimated 13 million people, or two-thirds of Florida's population, remained without power.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning with top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph). Irma cut a devastating track across 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing at least 28 people there. "It was was like, 'Oh my God, what is going to happen?"'

For days, forecasters had warned that Irma was taking dead aim at the Miami metropolitan area and the rest of Florida's Atlantic coast.

When Miami chief meteorologist John Morales tweeted that the cone would miss the southern tip of Florida and the Upper Keys, he received some worrying replies asking whether Miami would feel stronger winds than usual.

The most populous counties in the state – Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach – would get spared of the worst effects of Irma if these predictions hold true.

Emergency managers there declared "the Keys are not open for business" and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service and that supplies were low and anxiety high. "We've never seen this before", Scott said.

North-eastern Florida cities including Jacksonville were facing flash flooding, with the sheriff's office pulling residents from waist-deep water.

A tornado spun off by Irma was reported on the Georgia coast, and firefighters inland had to rescue several people after trees fell on their homes. He and his wife waited in long lines at the grocery store before finally finding a place they were able to get the last three cases of water at.

By Sunday morning, the Tampa-St.

Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane before it weakened and headed to the United States.

The National Weather Service for Tampa Bay said it had received many questions on social media about what the cone represents.

Weather forecasters are warning of possible tornadoes in Florida, Georgia and SC through Monday night. Affected states include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

After "light to moderate" Irma rain from Monday night into Tuesday followed by a break late Tuesday into Wednesday, Roche said West Virginia's southern and central higher elevations especially would then see some high winds by Thursday, with possible gusts of 30 miles per hour.

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