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Irma, Now a Tropical Storm, Slated to Hit Georgia, Alabama on Monday

12 Septembre 2017

Irma's maximum sustained winds have weakened to 65 miles per hour as the storm was said to be moving north northwest at 17 miles per hour.

As of this morning, the National Weather Service said that damaging winds from Hurricane Irma are moving into south Florida, including Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, and South Miami.

"There is a serious threat of significant storm surge flooding along the entire west coast of Florida", Governor Rick Scott told a press conference. Some attempted to leave the state and flee north before Irma makes its trip up Florida.

The WTXL First Alert Weather team is on duty throughout the course of this tropical weather situation.

Two tornadoes touched down in Brevard County, on the Atlantic Coast; Miami's major airport sustained damage and remained closed; and storm surges and additional flooding were expected on the Gulf Coast.

Gale-force winds could cause trouble for boaters near the coast, but other than some rip-current warnings, no weather advisories are now in effect anywhere in North Carolina from Irma.

Officials in Florida have ordered a total of 6.3 million people, or about a third of the state's population, to evacuate, creating massive traffic jams on highways and overcrowding shelters.

"We don't have a comprehensive insight into what the damage is", Bryan Koon, Florida director of Emergency Management said late Sunday.

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Officials have warned of a humanitarian crisis in the islands of the Florida Keys.

The Tampa skyline in the background as local residents (L-R) Rony Ordonez, Jean Dejesus, and Henry Gallego take photographs after walking into Hillsborough Bay ahead of Hurricane Irma in Tampa, Fla., on September 10, 2017.

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

The storm, located about 5 miles (10 kilometers) west of Columbus, Georgia, is still bringing heavy rain to the U.S. Southeast on Monday night.

Given Irma's mammoth size and strength and its projected course, it could prove one of the most devastating hurricanes ever to hit Florida and inflict damage on a scale not seen here in 25 years. Reports say that 10,000 people made a decision to ride out the storm.

Gov. Henry McMaster lauded the early efforts to inform the public of the danger of the powerful hurricane when early forecast tracks had it pointed towards SC.

Gastesi left early Saturday morning ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Irma, Now a Tropical Storm, Slated to Hit Georgia, Alabama on Monday