Hurricane Irma weakens to Category 1 storm, heads north with wind, rain

But the human toll from Irma's powerful rampage on the way to Florida continued to mount, with the Cuban government reporting that 10 people had been killed after the storm battered the island's north coast with ferocious winds and 11m waves over the weekend.

Some 116,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as the Category 2 hurricane flooded Miami streets and plunged three million properties into darkness. The storm made its second Florida landfall, on Marco Island, as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds up to 185 km/h.

Florida emergency management officials estimate almost 13 million residents - two-thirds of the state's population - remain without power.

Irma, which first made landfall on Wednesday, has now weakened to a Tropical Depression.

He said boats were cast ashore, water, sewers and electricity were knocked out, and "I don't think I saw one trailer park where nearly everything wasn't overturned".

And more than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in Orange County, just outside the city of Orlando, as floodwaters started to pour in. "What's going to happen now?"

"I was watching the news until Tuesday and then when I saw how strong it got, it was a no-brainer", Charlie Hernandez, Medina's brother-in-law, said. In addition, our customers along the East Coast of Florida should not become complacent because Irma's forecasted track has shifted west.

The whole of the southern tip of Florida has seen high winds, driving rain and storm surges. And so it's going to ... take us a little bit longer to do everything we care to do after a storm because we have to bring the assets south.

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. Roughly 1500 people lost their lives during the storm and and "many of those deaths occurred directly, or indirectly, as a result of storm surge", also according to the National Hurricane Center. Irma's current projected path would see it cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon before heading into eastern Alabama.

"If you need to get out, put a white flag in front of your house".

Forecasters said it could hit the heavily populated Tampa-St.

Before slamming into to the United States, Irma hit Cuba late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane.

"A few businesses in Naples" downtown area, used sandbags against the doors in order to keep water out, while some boarded up the windows in preparation of Hurricane Irma.

The Hurricane Warning is changed to a Tropical Storm Warning along the Florida west coast south of Anclote River to Bonita Beach, along the Florida east coast south of Sebastian Inlet to Jupiter Inlet, and for Lake Okeechobee.


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